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August 11-19 

Alumni Tour of Harrogate England 

September 9 

Medical Sciences Building, 4-6pm 


4-U Mentorship Program 

November 4 

Friends of the Library Fall Lecture 

November 6 Founders Day Alumni Recognition 

November 5-6 

School of Nursing Conference 

November 11-13 School of Engineering Dedication 

November 14 Open House for Prospective Students 

(Admissions-Alumni Involvement) 

November 30-December 2 

January 4-8 

Exam Survival Kits 

Alumni Extern Program 

January 22-29 

Alumni Tour of Pans 

February-April 4-U Mentorship Program 

13 Alumni Barbecue and Basketball Game 

March 8-12 

Alumni Extern Program 

Reunion Weekend '99 

VCU Alumni Association 
Alumni House Dedication and Opening 

IVIay 4-12 

Tuscany Alumni Campus Abroad 

IVlay 15 

VCU Commencement 
Commencement Breakfast and Photos 

August 18-26, 1999 Ireland Alumni Campus Abroad 

For the first time, the VCU Alumni 
Association has its own home. In 
February, the Association bought 
the house at 924 West Franklin 
Street, a turn-of-the-century, three 
story brownstone. Although it has 
been an apartment house for several 
years, the original fireplaces, 
woodwork, pocket doors and even 
some stained glass windows are 
intact. They speak of the house's 
former elegance and promise future 
graciousness. Renovation will reflect 
VCU's Franklin Street roots and also 
bring current technology to maintain 
records and communicate with 
alumni effectively. 

Renovation begins in September, 
1998, and your new Alumni House 
will be open in May, 1999. 

The Alumni House is half a block from the President's House, in the 
heart of VCU's Academic Campus. Its location emphasizes the new role 
of alumni at the core of VCU's future growth and strength. Its 19th 
centun/ origins and high tech capabilities express appreciation for 
VCU's traditions and embrace the future. 

VCU can not continue to rely on the state legislature and 
community friends for the majority of its support. Alumni must lead 
VCU forward. Alumni achievement; alumni pride; alumni service; 
alumni support. These are the elements to make VCU strong. The 
Alumni Association is taking up the challenge. Our new Alumni House 
is the first step. A sign of our commitment, the symbol of our new 
outlook, and the foundation of our new goals. 


The Alumni Association will lead VCU alumni to new levels of support 
for scholarships, faculty support, and new student programs. It's our 
responsibility to guarantee that VCU will provide the highest quality 
educational opportunity for Virginia's citizens. 

To lead, the Alumni Association has to be self supporting and make 
its own commitment first. 

An important step in that direction is our new Life Membership, a 
new level of commitment for alumni. Beginning in September 1 998, 
Life Membership will build a reserve so that the Association can 
guarantee a high level of service to alumni and students. Self- 
sufficiency frees the Association to begin its real work of supporting the 
highest quality education at VCU: Scholarships-Faculty Support-New 
Student Programs. 

The Alumni Association Board of Directors will soon be challenging 
alumni to take the lead in creating scholarships and support for VCU. 
We are determined to take our rightful place leading VCU into the 21 st 
Century. Join us!! 

Marsha Shuler '74BS '79IVIA/B 

President. VCU Alumni Association 


Alumni A s s o c i a I Ki n 1 1 1 c f r s 

Marsha Shulcr '74BS '79M A/B 


Hugh Kcogh '81MS/MC 
President- Elect 

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lames Hiilhrock '78MS/AH(R(:) 



Jack Amos '68BFA 
Officer at Large 

Chairs of School Alumni Hoards 

Conni Si. John '89BS/H8(S '94MSW 

School of Social Work 

Marilia BjTd '92BGS/NTS 
Noittraditional Studies Program 

Quentin Corbelt '72BS/B 
School of Business 

Marie Tsuchiya'89PhD/E 
Sclwol of Education 

Board of Directors 

Term Expiring 2001 

Kathleen Barrett '7 IBS '73MS/B 

William Da\is '74BS/H&S/CPA '79MS/H&S/CPA 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

Richard Leatherman '79BGS/NTS '82MEd '87PhD/E 

Katherine Mattes '90BA/H8iS 

7tT;/i Expiring 20W 

Andrew Hulcher'84BS/B 

Mark Kemp '79BFA 

William Nelson '70BFA 


Bruce Tw-\Tnan '74BS/MC 

Term Expiring '99 

Frederick Facka '92MS/B 

EUy Burden GIU '79BS '9IMEd/E 


Linda Vines '82MSW/SW 

African American Ahimni Council 
Marilyn Campbell '8 1 BS/MC 

V'CL'.'IA President's Appointees 

John Cook 

Kenneth MagiU '65BS/B '69MS/E 

Nicholas Orsi 111 '65BS/B 

Joan Rexinger '86BGS/NTS 


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Thank you for the extra copies of 
the magazines. The layout looks 
very nice and I am grateful that you 
the article on me. 

Kung Hei Fat Choi for the Year 
of the Tiger. 

Sharon Bryant '83ME(i'95PhD/E 

Hong Kong 

I want to thank you for writing 
Tina's obituary — you did a 
splendid job. I'm taking copies to 
her brothers and parents this 
weekend — I know they will be very 
pleased that she was so honored by 
VCU. Again, many thanks! 

BQl Bader 

Bill Bader is the widowed husband of 

Tina Forkin '79BS(RC)AH '88MSW 

As I took Shafer Court Connections 
out of my mailbox and looked at it, 
I thought at first it was an impres- 
sive trade publication. I was 
delighted to realize it was VCU's. 
The alumni magazine is always 
great, and the writing especially so. 
But the Winter 1998 issue was so 
good, and so good-looking, I had to 
say something about it. 

Dr. Nancy Boraks 

Associate Professor of Education 

I saw the Winter 1998 issue of 
Shafer Court Connections recently, 
and I was impressed with its profes- 
sionalism and good writing. Do you 
need writers? 

Lorie Fraley '77BS '94Med/E 

We do, and we like to use alumni 
writers, photographers and illustra- 
tors when we can. Laurie's first story 
for the alumni magazines is on 
page 10. 


We all enjoyed reading the information in the cover story on interior design 
alumni. I will do a "show & tell" at the SOTA Administrative Advisory 
meeting tomorrow. (1 liked the sidebar "Keeping up with Buie"! Nice title!) 

Buie Harwood 

Professor and Chair, Department of Interior Design 

I was very impressed with the winter issue of Shafer Court Connections. It 
was an excellent job. I could see you put a lot of thought into it. There was a 
lot of understanding there. 

Sig Girgus '72BFA 

Wejustcoiddn'tfit all the interior 
design alumni doing interesting 
things into our cover story in the 
Winter 1998 issue. 

Recent award news came about 
The Clave Firm's winning renova- 
tion of The Homestead resort in 
Virginia. IDE's annual Interiors 
Competition named it Best Hotel, 
commenting that the new design was 
"classic but not over-countrified. " 
The Homestead also won first prize 
for luxury public space in Lodging 
Hospitality magazine's renovation 
contest. LH said, "Their designs 
appear effortless, [transcending] 
individual tditc and lime. The results are gracious, hiviting and stunning. " 
VCU alumni on The Homestead team were Peter Fraser '88BFA and 
Elizabeth Gerber Fowler '93BFA under David Ran. Design staff Lee Hyden 
'92BFA, Amanda Carter '97BFA and Martha Culpepper '87BFA also 
worked on the project. 

We're always glad to hear from all of our alumni and readers. So, write your mother, 
with any response or additional comments for the magazine. You'll find addresses on our 
contents page. 


W'e wrote a misnomer for a friend of Jerr)' Fox Law's, mentioned in last issue's cover 
story. Her correct name is Marie Mercogliano Land '67BS(OT)/AH. 

White House designer Sig Girgus '72BFA worked on the Kennedy Center in 
D.C., of course, not Lincoln Center in New York City. 


"Our students attend classes \vhich are designed especially to place them, well- 
prepared, in a highly technical atmosphere that dominates today's world." Now? 
Or when? (Could that be a Motorola TV behind them?) Well that state-of-the-art 
soldering gun (far right) on the bench is a tip-off. (More inside back cover.) 


We are happy to announce that 
VCU's alumni magazines won three 
first place awards in the National 
Federation of Press Women's 1998 
Competition in lune. "Such a large 
and diverse group of interesting, 
effective and often dazzling alumni 
makes it easy for us," 
comments editor, Mary 
Ellen Mercer (bottom). 

Scarab magazine for 
Fall 1997 won first place 
for a 1-3 Color Magazine, 
Nonprofit. Editor Mary 
Ellen Mercer, Alumni 
Editor Lou Brooks and 
Designer Ben Cornatzer 
share credit with good writers, 
photographers and artists — many 
of them alumni — like fall cover 
illustrator Chad Cameron '96BFA. 

Editor Mary Ellen Mercer won 
first place for Caption Writing 
for six captions from Shafer Court 
Connections'Winler 1997. 

A story in Scarab Fall 1996 on 
phsychotropic drugs and personali- 
ty — "The Nature of Personality" — 
by VCU News Services' Christine 
Shtogren, won first place for a 
Feature in an Internal 

Each of these entries 
placed first in the Virginia 
Press Women's (VPW) 
competition before going 
on to the national level. 

Over the years, both 
magazines have won 
several state and regional 
awards — in the "Best in Virginia" 
of International Association of 
Business Communicators and in 
other VPW contests. The "ER" 
cover story in Scarab Fall 1995 by 
Evelyn Terry '78BS/MC won a 
1996 Special Merit Award from the 
Council for the Advancement and 
Support of Education, CASE 
District III (mid-Atlantic region). 

Editor's Workshop, a national 
editors' newsletter, commented in 
1996 that Shafer Court Connections 
"covers its world very 
well. ...The 32 pages 
report on . . .individual 
alumni, literally covering 
the globe. Writing is as 
interesting as the subject 

We are proud of our 
magazines, proud of our 
alumni, and proud of 
VCU. With winners as subjects, it's 
hard to lose. 



Engineering faculty moved into the new building at Belvidere and Main 
Streets in luly, and meet their students in class there in August. The 
Virginia Microelectronics Center will open in early 1999. Support con- 
verges for the new School from businesses like Motorola, state and local 
government, and individuals. VCU has reached $26.5 million of the goal of 
$30 million. The 1998 General Assembly included $1.4 million to operate 
and maintain the Engineering School's clean room in its two-year budget. 

Dean Henry McGee is pleased that another aspect of the school is on 
schedule as well. "Although we opened our doors just two years ago, and 
are not quite moved into our own building, and we have as yet only a small 
faculty of 19, we already have $1 million in research grants and contracts, 
and $12 million more in submitted research proposals," he says, emphasiz- 
ing that research is essential to a high-quality School of Engineering. "In 
fact, teaching and research are two sides of the same coin. A faculty doing 
first-rate research generates the excitement and knowledge students will 
need for effective and innovative careers." 

Motorola Inc., planning a new plant in Goochland County, Virginia, 
and building another in partnership with Siemens Corp., will donate $8 
million to Virginia universities to support engineering education. Much of 
the money goes to VCU's School of Engineering, in "the biggest corporate 
gift the university has ever received," says President Eugene Trani. The 
company will give $6 million in materials for the "clean room" in the new 
engineering building, and $500,000 in cash over the next three years. 
Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and the College of William and 
Mary will also benefit. VCU joins Motorola's "key partnership universities," 
which already include Virginia Tech and 14 other schools. 

The School's partnership with law firm Hunton & Williams, brings 
students yet another useful perspective. Lawyer Kevin Finto (above, with 
Engineering Dean Dr. Henry Magee) will lead a course on "Science, 
Technology and Law" for third-year students. Students will discuss case 
studies of real legal problems engineers deal with — contracts, real and intel- 
lectual property liability issues, environmental matters, and numerous laws 
and regulations. Finto adds, "The case studies will discuss these issues with 
no clearly defined right or wrong answers." 

Vive le Cinema! Noted French actor and first-time director Jean-Hughes 

Anglade and actress Pamela Soo were among the leading French stars who came 

to Rich?nond last month as part of the sixth French Film Festival, founded by 

Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick (right), associate professor of foreign languages. Anglade's 

directorial debut. Tonka, was one of six new French films screened at the B\Td 

Theater in March. In many cases, the Richmond screening is the only time these 

films are shown in the United States. 


In February, L. S .News and World 

Report ranked eight VCU graduate 

programs among the top in the 


10 Nurse Anesthesia 

12 Occupational Therapy 

16 Physical I'hcrapy, 

19 Family Medicine 

22 Rehabilitation Counseling 

48 Nursing 

66 Public Affairs 

89 Psychology. 

U.S. News surveys deans and 
top directors of graduate programs 
to rate programs in their own disci- 
plines. The MCV Campus's family 
medicine program was the only 
Virginia medical program ranked. 
VCU tied Pennsylvania State 
University at 19 overall. 


Sponsored research support, 
including government funding of 
faculty research and clinical trials, 
was at $59.5 million by January, up 
nearly 8 percent from the $55.2 
million reported in the first half of 
last year. VCU's level of sponsored 
research puts it among the top 80 
research universities in the country, 
designated as Carnegie Research I 
Universities by the Carnegie 



Ifra, the European association for 
newspaper and media technology, 
will work together with VCU to 
design, develop, and direct the 
VCU News Center, a lab for VCU's 
aspiring student journalists. Ifira 
provides technological ad\ice to 
1,200 newspapers in 60 countries. 

It will adviK VCU on te • 
curriculum, organizati/jn <>;.-. 
ncwsrfxjm workflfjw. 

VCU will axjfdinatt in inrwjviii.e 
four-university adult literacy 
project funded by S75fJ,0OO in 
granls from telecommunicati<mi 
company GTE Network Service*. 
George MaMn, James MadLton and 
Old Dominion Universitia will 
join VCU. 

The statewide project will use 
technology to upgrade the basic 
skills of Virginians not ready for 
high tech jobs; enhance technology- 
literacy in the workforce; and build 
business, education and communi- 
ty partnerships. The program will 
be a national model for adult 
literacy efforts. 

VCU will coordinate the project 
v^th the National Institute for 
Literao'. The School of Education's 
Virginia .^dult Education and 
Literacy Resource Center helped 
NIL develop a national on-line 
literacy network, LINCS — Literacy 
Information and Communications 

TOP 100 

For the first time, MCV Hospitak 
of VCU was named one of the top 
100 hospitals in the countr>- by 
HCL^, Inc. and William M. .\iercer. 
Inc. Ratings appeared in Modem 
Healthcare magazine in January. 
The annual study, "100 Top 
Hospitals — Benchmarks for 
Success," notes hospitals that 
pro\ide the most cost-efficient 
and highest quality care, based 
on statistical rather than 
anecdotal re\iew. 






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Four VCU students put their work 
on the table at Apple Computers 
last fall. Timea Adrian, Michael 
Copeland, Erin Douglas, and Viraj 
David (left to right) took up the 
challenge of the 1997 Apple Design 
Project. Apple had asked seven uni' 
versities to ask their students to 
create a computer design for 
libraries: "Consider the future user 
experience of libraries: how people 
perceive, understand, and use 
libraries, in all their permutations, 
today, and in the decades to come." 

VCU's interdisciplinary teams 
included students in design and 
information systems. After inter- 
viewing librarians, educators, and 
students about how a library works, 
the winning VCU team went 
toward the Interactive Zone, IZ. 
The IZ zones are text, scan, 
video, audio and create. Students 
would collaborate to manipulate 
their data on the tabletop program, 
using the different zones to move 
text, enlarge visuals, or add sound. 
A kind of electronic poster takes 
shape in the create zone in the 
micldle of the table. The finished 
work can be projected on a semicir- 
cular screen where other students 
can interact with it, pushing hot 
spots for more data, or an audio or 
video clips. 

Apple invited the IZ group to 
come to California for a critique of 
their work and to meet with student 
teams from other schools and 
Apple design staft". Apple staff were 
so impressed with the IZ's 3-D 
computer model and book that 
they let its creators take a sneak 
peak at a similar, secret prototype 
of their own. But don't look for IZ 
just yet. Style Weekly reported that 
Apple execs joked that I f we built 
the IZ today, it would probably cost 
more than the library." 


VCU Adcenter students swept first, second and third place in the One 
Show, "the biggest creative show in the world," according to Adcenter 
Director Diane Cook-Tench. The three student teams created print ads for 
a pasta machine; "Make time, make pasta" was one winning slogan, empha- 
sizing pasta making as quality time for busy couples. Matt Stein and Kevin 
Proudfoot both '98MS/MC snagged the gold pencil for first; lohn Fiebke, 
Brad Gilmore and Greg Thomas nabbed the silver; Claiborne Winter and 
Stephen Lundberg took the bronze. Cook-Tench points out that "no other 
school has the with the strategic (marketing) side working with the creative 
side," making ads with a sharper edge. 

In December, Christy Chan and Matt Stein won first place gold medals 
and $1 ,500 in the 1997 Los Angeles Creative for their ads for Cease Fire, a 
group working to end gun violence. 

Filmmaker/writer Spike Lee is the newest member to join the Adcenter's 
board. Lee, who is well known for Do the Right Thing, Makom X and He 
Got Game is also highly recognized for his commercials. He has done 
everything from the Nike Air Jordan campaign, collaborating with basket- 
ball great Michael Jordan, to a PSA for UNCF. Cook-Tench says that 25 
percent of Adcenter students are minorities. "The industry needs their 
insights. We hope that Spike Lee will offer our students inspiration, a con- 
temporary viewpoint on communications and act as an excellent role 
model for all." 


"Dr. Gordon Keesee is a wonderful example of 
a VCU family member who cares about the 
people and the place," says Dr. John Oehler, 
Dean of the School of Education. Last fall, VCU 
honored Keesee's contributions during forty 
years of service. And counting. Though retired 
in 1992, Keesee is an adjunct faculty member 
monitoring testing. He serves on the Board of 
Virginia Counselors, helping to monitor coun- 
selor licensure. 

When he came to RPI 40 years ago, Keesee was RPI's first director of 
admissions and assistant to the president. During the '60s he helped 
strengthen the new School of Education. 

In 1968, Keesee started the Master's in Counseling Education, a 
program he found especially exciting. "It was a new idea. Classes were very 
small, and the students were older professionals. They were very bright and 
committed." Oehler comments, "He sought out exceptionally well qualified 
faculty. As a result, many of the school guidance counselors in the 
Richmond area are VCU alumni." 

"Students always came first," recalls colleague Dr. Jack Duncan. RPI 
students often saw the registrar and his wife Gloria at dances and other 
student activities. Ann Cowardin '67BS '70MEd appreciated his classes, 
where "he would let you present your ideas openly, even if they were from 
left field." Keesee has kept up with RPI students and faculty, and he goes 
out of his way to stay in touch with many VCU alumni teachers, counselors 

and principals. Carolyn Grinnan 
'70MEd, a counselor at Richmond's 
Carver Elementary School, empha- 
sizes, "Keesee did more than 
remember your name; he kept up 
with the success of his students." He 
still teaches a career workshop every 
summer to help future counselors 
make the right career choice. 
As director of the School's 
graduate studies and clinical 
services, Keesee established good 
relations with area school divi- 
sions — crucial to placing several hundred education students a year in ele- 
mentary, middle and high schools for student teaching and counseling 

Dr. Pat Duncan, another colleague, sums up, "Gordon has been a 
source of stability and integrity for the School of Education." 

Dr. Kccsccin I960 

Dr.Keesee today with his wife. Gloria. 

Legendary blues guitarist John 
Jackson, 73, was the "bluesman" in 
/ Am a Man, OyamO's play about the 
1968 Memphis sanitation workers' 
stnke in the days leading to the 
assassination of Martin Luther King 
Jr. VCU Theatre's February produc- 
tion was sponsored by Bell Atlantic. 
Later at the Southeastern Theatre 
Conference in March, VCU student 
Charles Selden took first place in 
scenic design and student Adam Bair 
placed second for lighting design for 
/ Am a Man. 


"In the high middle ages, it was 
thought that women got the 
high revelations and men were 
the agents presenting them to 
the world." 

Dr. E. Ann Matter, professor of 
religious studies at the University 
of Pennsylvania, spoke about 
medieval women mystics like 
Hildegard of Bingen at the 
William and Miriam Blake Lecture 
in the History of Christianity in 

"Do not accept what has been 
taught you as necessarily the end of 
ever)thing, because the informa- 
tion curve is really going through 
the roof, and new things are going 
to happen. And if you really want 
to hit the jackpot in life, you come 
up with a new idea." 

"Museums are out there fishing for what 
brings people in. Should they give the public 
what it wants? No. They're not using imagi- 
nation. They're using adding machines." 

Richard Feigen Heft), Chair of Richard L. 
Feigen & Co, art dealer, appeared with pop 
artist James Rosenquist in School of the Arts' 
Rhoda and Charles Thalhimer 
"Artists and their Dealers" 
Lectures in April 

"Our challenge is to identifjr our 'every- 
thing,' define it. refine it and mdude it in 
our hopes — in our prayers — in our li%es." 

Lawyer and wnte? Derrick BeH at VCU's 
Community Learning vVee»r m January 

"Tom Wolfe called the seventies the 
'me decade.' But it was also the 'you' 
decade. People were interested in 
other human beings." 

Richard Stolley, Senior Etf- . 

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of Entrepreneurship at 

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As Latin America's share of U.S. 
exports grows to 39 percent, VCU's 
School of Business hosted its fourth 
International Business Forum on 
Latin American markets in March. 
The expert panel stressed privatiza- 
tion, entrepreneurship, quality of 
service and global awareness as 
important elements in the trade 

Regina Vargo {above), U.S. 
deputy assistant secretary of 
commerce for the Western 
Hemisphere, focused on the 
profound changes in the region 
that have brought democracy, 
economic reforms, markets open 
to more competition, and privatiza- 
tion which has increased domestic 
growth. Tariffs hinder this process, 
she added. "We would like to have 
a more level playing field. We'd like 
to knock these barriers down." 

Gerald Barber, Market 
Managing Partner at Coopers & 
Lybrand LLP., said that tariffs, 
taxes and training function totally 
differently from in those in the 
U.S., and from each other. 
"Training costs can be absolutely 
staggering. If you miss the 
dynamics in those countries, you're 
in a lot of trouble." Barber told 
students going into international 
trade that they would have to be 

bilingual, flexible, patient, adapt- 
able in other cultures, and willing 
to socialize in all situations. 

In Latin America, Philip Morris 
USA has "a muhi-billion dollar 
business, dynamic and growing" 
said Salvador Rivera, vice president 
of manufacturing. He warned that 
because data and support are not as 
available as in the U.S., entrepre- 
neurs must thrive on adventure and 
risk, and make quick decisions. 

Larry Birns, director of the 
Council on Hemispheric Affairs, 
had a different take on "this very 
troubled area. Listening to the 
panel, one would think that this 
region is problem-free." The U.S. is 
spending $30 million a year to 
reform the court system in Latin 
America, he said, and the continent 
has a prevailing poverty rate of 35 
to 40 percent. "This doesn't mean 
that there isn't a place for trade, but 
we have to examine what it means." 

Rivera argued that the closer the 
relationship between U. S. and 
Latin American business ventures, 
the better off everyone is. "If U.S. 
business executives and govern- 
ment leaders invest and educate 
people, they can help end abuses." 


Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, and 
Ralph Lauren have long been 
household names in fashion. But 
nowadays, they are just as likely to 
appear on rugs or tablecloths as 
they are on fine clothes. "Haute 
couture has led to home couture," 
says Nancy Scott, assistant chair 
of fashion. 

In fact, people spend more now 

on decorating their homes than 
they do on their clothes. VCU's 
Department of Fashion Design and 
Merchandising responds this fall 
with a new academic track in home 
fashions merchandising, the only 
one in Virginia. The program 
will focus on home furnishings, 
accessories and textiles — towels, 
bedding, floor coverings, draperies, 
upholstery fabrics and table linens. 
"We've designed a diverse, high 
tech curriculum, so students will 
know the products, understand 
consumer behavior and develop 
marketing strategies for successful 
employment with retail organiza- 
tions and major manufacturers," 
says Christina Lindholm, fashion 
department chair. Graduates can go 
into retailing, product design, home 
decorating or fashion technology. 


-k VCU Baseball finished with an 
overall record of 46-15, the most 
victories for a VCU baseball team. 
In the NCAA East Regional, the 
Rams lost 1-2 to the Jaguars of 
South Alabama; they defeated USC 
Trojans 14-4, including two 2-run 
homers by shortstop Brandon Inge 
(photo); Rams overcame the 
Citadel 3-2 in 1 1 innings; and 
finally lost 6-0 to South Alabama. 
Brandon Inge, Ian Caballero and 
Cory Whitby were named to the 
All-Tournament team. 

In lune, pitcher Matt Burch was 
drafted in the first round by the 
Kansas City Royals. Detroit 
scooped Inge in the second round. 
Both juniors were second team Ail- 
Americans this year and shared the 
CAA's Player of the Year award. 


Students, alumni volunteers and staff were ready on May 2 when 5,000 of 
the brightest elementary and secondary students from all over Virginia 
fanned out across VCU's campus to compete in Odyssey of the Mind, in 
which teams from K-12th grade use creative thinking skills to solve complex 
problems. Winners compete nationally, and the contest is worldwide. 

"The wonderful thing about this program," says Susan Nunemaker 
'65BS/H&S '68 MEd/E, Odyssey's state director, "is that it allows students to 
compete as a team to solve complex problems. They are judged based solely 
on their creativity. There are no wrong answers." With a spending limit of 
$100 for props and materials, teams design a presentation and defend their 
work to the judges. 

Presentations kids had been developing since September included a funny sketch about bringing an inanimate 
object to life; a performance about an ad agency making a commercial about a nutritious product; a skit in which a 
human "morphs" into an animal and then helps an animal or person in trouble. The mechanically inclined could 
design a balsa wood structure that would support heavy weight; or design and build a powered tow vehicle that 

„ would puU a "Pageant Wagon" fufl of props around a course. 

"This is a great opportunity to present VCU to students as they consider 

"i college choices," says Diane Stout-Brown, associate director of VCUAA. "A 
lot of students had never been to this part of Virginia before, and we wanted 

; to show them what VCU and Richmond have to offer. Because of our 

2 central location, VCU may become the permanent site in Virginia." 

Burch finished his season at 12-4 
with a 2.59 ERA, striking out 122 
batters in 139 innings. Inge hit .330 
for the year with 15 homeruns. He 
doubled as VCU's closer on the 
mound with a 5-2 record, 1 1 saves 
and a 2.09 ERA. Anaheim Angels 
took senior pitcher Chad Berryman 
in the 22nd round. 
~k In Men's Tennis, Ail-American 
Daniel Andersson made the semifi- 
nals of the NCAA Championships, 
winning four matches — one over 
first-seeded Pavel Kudrnac of 
Oklahoma State. Andersson's 
overall record was 46-10. He was 
named to the GTE Academic All- 
American First Team; he was the 
ITA National Player to Watch, 
ranked I Ith in singles and 46th in 
doubles in the Final Rolex National 

tV In Women's Tennis, freshman 
Ail-American Martina Nedelkova 
advanced to Round of 16 in the 
NCAA Singles Championships. 
Nedelkova, Regional/ITA Rookie 
Player-of-the-Year, ranked 1 1th in 
the Final Singles Rankings. She and 
freshman Andrea Ondrisova went 
to the second round of the NCAA 
Doubles Championships. 
'k In luly, the NCAA chose 
VCU's new Siegel Center to host 
Eastern Regional Division 1 
playoffs in Women's Basketball 
in March, 1999. 


I Governor James Gilmore appointed 
" two new members to VCU's Board 
? of Visitors in luly. Harold Pyon 
t '80BS/H8fS is vice president of ERA 
^ Premier Properties and a primary 
patent examiner with the U.S. 
Patent and Trademark Office spe- 
cializing in biotechnology and 
chemical engineering and chair of 
the patent office's Asian Pacific 
American Employment Program. 
Tim Greshman '84BS/MC is presi- 
dent and CEO of the National 
Society to Prevent Blindness and 
has served on the Virginia Board 
for the Visually Handicapped. 


I he llisl l.cvis Reading 
I'ri/.c lor the best first or second 
published b<iol< of poetry went to 
Belle Wiiring lor /J(ir*.W()ii(/i'. 
Waring read on campus in April. 
The VCU Department of English, 
the Creative Writing Program, and 
New Virgiiiici Review sponsor the 
award in memory of poet Larry 
Levis, director of VCU's MFA 
program in Creative Writing from 

Angel Threat! '96 BGS/NTS 
won the third place Hurston/ 
Wright Award for e.xcerpts from 
her novel, Kissing the Indigo Sky. 
Lor four years, VCU has been home 
to the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard 
Wright Foundation, which gives the 
only national award for fiction 
by emerging African American 
college writers. 

VCU Libraries, the Cabell 
Associates and the English 
Department gave the first James 
Branch Cabell Award for the best 
new work related Richmond to 
Stephen Wetta '89BA/H&S, for his 
paper, "Hagiography and the High 
Place," in which he applies a critical 
technique of Mikail Baktrin to 
Cabell's works. The library also 
honored English Professor Maurice 
Duke, whose catalog of Cabell's 
personal library led to the academic 
library being named after Cabell. 


Joseph Teefey is the new vice presi- 
dent of governmental and legisla- 
tive relations for the Medical 
College of Virginia Hospitals at 
VCU. He had been director of the 
Virginia Department of Medical 
Assistance Services, where he 
oversaw the state's $2.7 billion 
Medicaid budget. Carl Fischer, 
CEO at MCV Hospitals, says Teefey 
"has an unsurpassed record of lead- 
ership in health care issues. We are 
delighted to have a person of Joe 
Teefey's caliber joining our man- 
agement team." 


Dr. Eileen Morrison, director of 
nursing research at the MCV 
campus, has been studying aggres- 
sion and violence in relation to 
environment. "We've found," she 
says, "that violence is learned — at 
home, in the streets, from peers. 
Therefore, it is un-learnable." In 
health care settings, she continues, 
families and patients "use xiolence 
is used to get attention, to get 
control, to get what they want from 
the system. When staff members try 

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"Alan I'.aslrnan /i llie ( .rails iJeparlnierji 
just like Ms. Pollak is the School of the 
Arts," says potter Julia Phillips '54BFA, .i 
student and colleague of l-.aslman, who died 
February 2, at 92. 

Crafts classes had been taught in the 
Occupational Therapy Department. When 
Henry Hihhs, Richmond Professional 
Institute's founder and president, hired 
Eastman in 1950 to build a Oafts 
Department, Phillips recalls, "Alan started 
with two broken-down kilns, two di.sscction 
tables (they were clay wedging tables for 
years), and two cadaver boxes — which they 
stood on end as drawing boxes." By 1953, 
the Crafts Department offered full majors 
and courses in metals, ceramics and design. He was chair until 1970. 

Nettle Gordon '66BFA remembers, "He was the one we all cried on. He was like a mother hen lo ail o: .■ ;;■. .-.i 
always in a good humor, always laughing." (His avocations included excellent horsemanship and direaing community 
theater; he performed as a clown and was proficient on musical saw.) Cen Waters '65BFA says, "He was a lovdy, kind 
man, and very talented. He knew how to bring out the best in students." Bucky Wise '66BFA agrees wholeheartedly. "He 
was really knowledgeable and he expected a lot. I remember being required to make a series of pots. He was slicing up ihi- 
one and slicing up that one. He emphasized fine craftsmanship all the way through. He taught us you should onlv put 
forth your best work." All three of them carried that spirit of care and responsibility to their own students in high school 
art classes for 20 years or more. 

At RPI, Wise had received the first Alan Eastman Award for the top ceramics student He Uughl art in Henrico 
County Schools until he became Henrico's art supervisor from 1985-95. In 1995, he was die NLVs Art Eduaiorofthe 
Year for the entire country. But one of his greatest honors was being part of a memorial exhibit of work bv Eastman's 
students sponsored by the Richmond Craftmen's Guild in May. "VVTien I saw my name along with his on the invitation, it 
really got to me." 

Even beyond his work at VCU, Eastman was crafts in Virginia. He was founder or co-founder of the, the Richmond 
Craftsmen's Guild, the Virginia Crafts Council and Richmond's Hand Workshop, and the Richmond and N'irginia .\rtists 
Associations. Eastman's own work as a jeweler was exhibited in shows and fairs from the Yale Universift- an Gallen' to the 
Virginia Museum Biennial Show, especially, "his magnificent crosses," says Tricia Pearsall, longterm former member and 
chair of the Hand Workshop Board. But "his real artistry was in human relations." Eastman's skill at making peace, or at 
least truce, among warring temperaments was at times crucial to the sunival of every one of the organizations he so faith- 
fully served. "He was a true patriarch, not only of his beloved family, but at every le\'el of the contemporary crafts 
movement in Virginia," says Pearsall. 

"Everybody respected him," says Gordon, "and I guess we all loved him in the bargain." 


Dr. James Edwin Whitesell, the first dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at RPI and later 
VCU, died lune 12, 1998 after a brief illness. He was 88. 

Whitesell came to Richmond in 1966 after twenty years on the faculty of the Uni\'ersitv of 
South Carolina. He came, he said, because of "the enthusiasm I have found in people who are 
already here. I have never, in all the schools I have been associated with, seen a school with the 
future of this one, and I want to be a part of that." 

Whitesell was essential to that fijture. Two years later, in 1968, RPI merged widi MCV to 
become VCU, and die school was growing fast. In fact, Mary Stith, WhiteseU's secretan- for 
his seven years as dean, remembers that the Hibbs Building wasn't finished when they moved 
in. "There was plastic hanging on the unfinished end on the Park Street side," she says. ".\n 
awful lot of programs and departments were started then," she continues, and WhiteseU's skill 
with people came in handy conxincing young Ph.D.s to ioin the faculty. "He was a most 
friendly person — he never met a stranger." Whitesell began a traditional reception for new- 
faculty at his home. Students liked him, too, Stith says. "He took rime with them." 

Dr. Maurice Duke, who joined the English faculp.- the vear Whitesell came, saw "He w^ 
one of the best two or three deans I've worked under at \'CU. He was compassionate and had 
a good sense of humor. Ed was never adx'ersarial uith facultv. He could get the best out of 
people. This xvas a vibrant, exciring place to be at that rime. We \sere building the university-." 

Whitesell helped initiate degree programs in foreign language and mathemarics. Dr. 
Gerald Bass, retired chair and professor emeritus of the chemistn.- department, says that when Dean Whitesell took ox ;r, 
chemistn' was a cooperative program with MC\'. "He consolidated the department on the .\cademic Campus.' sa\-s Bass. 
"He hired Billy Sloop to begin and head the Physics Department." Stith recalls that new programs and courses "were 
fought for and fought over, particularly the African-.Anierican Studies program begun in 1977." 

In 1971, he left the dean's oflice to go back to teaching in \'CU"s English Department, until 1976. Whitesefl also 
founded the Explicator Literan- Foundation, where he was co-editor of The Explicawr. He and his widow. \"ir§inia 
Whitesell, were married for 62 years and had two children, John and CarohTi. 

'Dr. Whitesell was the finest man I ever worked for," says Stith. Both Duke and Bass comment on the dean's insisteiKe 
on quality teaching. "Students respected him," sax-s Duke. "He xvas definitely a gentleman of the old school, and a genuine- 
ly good man. He xvas a happy person, and people responded to that. There was a true sense of coUegialitx- then." Stith sax-s 
firmlv, "\'CL' has become xvhat he enxisioned." 








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VCU's lazz Studies Program released its fourth recording, T/if U'or/ii o/i n 
Sfri»g, in March. The new CD offers a great jazz mLx, including tunes by 
Ellington and Gershwin as well as original compositions by members of the 
Carpenter Ensemble. Three bands perform — VCU Jazz Orchestra I, 
directed by Doug Richards; VCU/Carpenter Foundation Graduate Septet; 
and Jazz Masters, VCU's Faculty Jazz Sextet. Graduate student-guitarist 
Adam Larrabee wrote liner notes. 

For jazz program director Doug Richards, "something like this is an 
exciting learning project for everyone." Each group chose its own pieces, 
and almost all the arrangements are by VCU students and faculty. Like all 
four jazz program CDs, WorM was recorded at Carolos Chapin's In Your 
Ear Studios. "Jazz Orchestra I did a marvelous job," says Richards. "In the 
studio the group's energy is very important — knowing when to teU 
ever)'one to relax and try it again, and the feeling when everyone hits it right 
on. We think this is it." It's been an exciting year for Richards; an album he 
co-produced, Anthony Wilson, was nominated for a Grammy in January. 

The World on a String is a great calling card for these VCU musicians. 
It's available for $11.99 from Plan 9 Music at (804) 353-9996 or at 


VCU had some extraordinary successes during the 1998 General Assembly 
Session, and received funding for every one of its legislative priorities. 

• Foremost is the infusion of nearly $32 million in general funds for our 
two top capital construction projects — building a new Life Sciences 
Building on the Academic Campus and renovating Sanger Hall. 

• $9 million from the state's higher education equipment trust fund 
fimds to hire more campus police and enhance campus security 
$1.4 million to operate and maintain the Engineering School's 
clean room 

$286,000 to operate and maintain of the new Fine Arts Center when 
it opens in 2000 

• $8 million in revenue bond financing authority should VCU be able to 
build a new School of Social Work 

$1.4 million in direct state aid integrating technolog)' into instruction 
and to offset the cost of preparing computers for the year 2000 

• salary increases of 5.6 percent for each of the ne.xt two years for 
full-time faculty; and 3.1 percent in 1998 and 3.3 percent in 1999 for 
college administrators, part-time faculty and graduate student teaching 

$300,000 for marketing the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park 

• an additional $800,000 in state general funds for medical education 
VCU's successes were due, in large part, to the efforts of Delegates Frank 

Hall, Panny Rhodes, Harvey Morgan and Senators Benjamin Lambert and 
Waher Stosch. 

Alumni activism .ilso played an important role in VCU's success with 
the 1998 General AsseniHIv. The VCU Legislative Alumni Taskforce ( V- 
LAT) drew two distinguished alumni from each school and college, from 
various regions of Virginia. \'-LAT members promoted VCU's priorities 
through letters, phone calls, and meetings with legislators. 


{Centering, continued) 
to control patients and families, 
they probably encourage violence." 
Morrison suggests that the solution 
is for health care providers to nego- 
tiate and collaborate with patients 
and families. 

A new Family Center in the 
MCVH Trauma Unit will help the 
trauma staff continue to put 
Morrison's research into practice. 
The new center is a direct response 
to the violence of a robbery and 
shooting at a NationsBank in 
Richmond, January 1996. The 
bank is contributing $50,000 
toward a center to help families 
of trauma patients with their 
immediate needs. Donations to 
the Family Center can be made at 
any NationsBank or mailed to 
Judy Martin, P.O. Box 27025, 
Richmond, VA 23261 -VA2- 


The small middle-Eastern country 
of Qatar has enlisted the help of 
VCU— along with Yale, U Penn 
and Texas Tech — in designing their 
future. Impressed by finding VCU 
visual arts programs in the top 20 of 
U.S. News and Wodd Report's 
annual college rankings, Qatar 
began talks with the university last 
summer. In June, Vice President 
and Provost Dr. Grace Harris 
announced that the Qatar 
Foundation was signing a 10-year, 
$50 million contract with VCU. 

Faculty from the School of the 
Arts will spend three years in 
Quatar establishing programs in 
interior design, fashion design, and 
communication arts design at new 
Shaqab College in Doha, the capital. 
Then VCU will ask approval from 
Virginia to put its name on 
diplomas of Shaqab design grads — 
boosting VCU's international 
presence and giving Shaqab alumni 
the VCU cachet. 

The Qatar Foundation will 
provide housing and a travel 
allowance, and pay salaries and 
benefits plus a 30 percent bonus. 
This frees up VCU money for 
visiting professors and more. Dean 
Richard Toscan says that the School 
of the Arts will use its share of 
overhead profits for scholarships, 
faculty development and computer 
lab upgrades. 

Toscan comments on this extra- 
ordinary opportunit)' "to start a 
state-of-the-arts design school at a 
college being built from scratch. 
Students we've met in Qatar," he 
adds, "are equivalent to the top 20 
to 25 percent of freshmen we admit 


here." No wonder there's a faculty 
waiting list. This fall. Associate 
Dean Paul Petrie will lead five arts 
faculty over to teach general educa- 
tion and introductory design classes 
to 25 students, moving toward a full 
enrollment of 200. After the first 
three years, VCU expects to send 
eight tenured faculty and 12 
adjunct faculty a year. 

The contract explicitly addresses 
treatment of women faculty and 
students — although, Toscan says, 
Muslim Qatar's government — a 
monarchy headed by Sheik 
Abdullah ibn Khalifan ath-Thani — 
and culture is comparatively liberal 
and open. In fact, Qatar expects 
Muslim women to enter business in 
these design fields. 


VCU's Department of Physical 
Medicine and Rehabilitation 
received a five-year, $750,000 grant 
from the National Institute on 
Disability and Rehabilitation 
Research in the U.S. Department of 
Education. In the past ten years, 
VCU has received grants totaling 
$2.25 million for the Research 
Training and Career Development 

"The field of brain injury and 
rehabilitation has focused largely on 
the developing clinical programs. 
The grant will support our 
emphasis on research as a scientific 
basis for medical decisions and 
program development," said Dr. 
Jeffrey Kreutzer, professor and 
director of the program. 


A grade school cafeteria can seem 
like a jungle. Thanks to students in 
Nancy Strube's Interdisciplinary 
Team Design class — and parent 
labor — the kids at Mary Munford 
Elementary School in Richmond 
really do eat in a jungle. The walls 
are alive with wildlife from around 
the globe in their own habitats — 
watching the kids in their habitat. 

Now the kids can learn and 
enjoy the sights while they eat 
lunch. The three-dimensional 
animals — a polar bear, a cheetah, 
an owl — "literally come off the 
walls, which creates a visually stim- 

ulatingcnviroiinu'iit," says Struhc. 
I-acli licniis)ilKTc lias its own color. 
A cc'iiK-nl coliinin Ix-canic a tree. 

The raptor has the students 
rapt. "The cafeteria was boring 
before; there was nothing to look 
at," says a third-grader. "It's like 
we're in a different country," adds 
a first-grader. 

Since 1980, VCU design 
teams, many led by Strube, have 
done three dozen projects with 
Richmond Public Schools, creating 
less sterile, more interactive 
environments for learning. 


Dr. Clilf Edwards, head of VCU's 
Religious Studies program, is the 
first to make the connection 
between artist Vincent Van Gogh 
and Asian religious influences. His 
1989 book Vincent Van Gogh and 
God was the primary source for an 
A&E TV Biography episode on Van 
Gogh in November. "They wanted 
to use the same approach I used 
and look at Van Gogh's spiritual 
development," he says. He consult- 
ed on the script and appeared in 
the episode as an expert. Edwards, 
who specializes in Asian religions, 
believes "that Van Gogh was 
entering a Japanese Buddhist state 
of mysticism." 


VCU President Eugene P. Trani and 
VCU senior biology major Lewis 
Charles, along with representatives 
of other Virginia universities, are 
part of a statewide task force 
addressing the issue of drinking on 
college campuses. Attorney General 
Richard Cullen created the task 
force after four Virginia college 
students died in alcohol- related 
deaths within 15 days. One of them 
was a VCU student. 

Cullen wants to look at several 
possibilities: lowering the drinking 
age to 18, driver's license restric- 
tions, expulsion of student binge 
drinkers, tighter zoning regulations 
to block any new college area bars, 
and dormitory curfews. President 
Trani commented, "This is a very 
serious issue with tragic conse- 
quences. I am honored to sen'e on 
Mr. Cullen's task force and plan to 
take a maior role in its efforts." 

VCU should have some good 
ideas. For four years, the university 
has won a national award for their 
Alcohol Awareness Program from 
the Interassociation Task Force on 
Campus Alcohol and Other 
Substance Abuse Issues. 

When VCU asked Katherine Webb '73MSW to serve on the vJeering omi- 
niittec for the Partners for Progress campaign, the univeriity wa* dravring on : 
its enthusiastic and knowledgeable alumni capital. Webb u incoming chair ■. 
for the School of Sfjciaj Work Advisory Council, on which she ha» terved for j 
1 6 years. She alsf) serves on the VCU Foundation Board. | 

"The fact of the matter is," she says, "that VCU is just a complete j 

treasure. For someone who works full time, the flexibility that VCU offer* to I 
the 'non-traditional' student makes it an exceptional university. \Slien I | 
identified an educational hole in my training, I could always turn to VCU." 5 
Webb has made good use of her education. The University recognized l 
lier professional achievement this spring when she was one of two alumni ^ 
inductees into Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. As senior vice president and ; 
chief lobbyist for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, she works with the General Assembly on cost, '- 
quality and access problems within the health care system. "In this country we've never figured out how to keep all I 
three in balance," she comments. ; 

Webb has been a lobbyist and policy analyst for VHHA for 16 years. Member organizations include HMOs, 
outpatient clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. "Working within coalitions has become very important," she sayv 
"And that ties back into my education at VCU." 

Webb credits VCU's provost, Dr. Grace Harris, who was one of her social work professors. "Dr. Harris has the 
uncanny ability to bring together diverse groups and build consensus, which was a part of the social work educa- 
tion," says Webb. "She stands out as someone who helped me learn those skills." 

Those skills were put to the test last year when the \'HHA joined the broad-based "Coalition for Child Heath," 
which assembled to lobby the Virginia legislature in the wake of the Balanced Budget Act. Through the aa states 
began receiving more federal money to provide health care coverage for uninsured children — those of working 
parents who cannot afford dependents' insurance. The coalition of more than 100 organizations aaively lobbied 
the 1998 General Assembly to create a child health plan for Virginia. 

"It was the first time in my 16 years that we've taken such a big step towards dealing with some of the access 
problems," Webb says of the new plan, now covering 80,000 children. "There are about 800,000 uninsured people 
in Virginia, so we've taken a big chunk and provided them with some sort of coverage. That's pretty exciting." 

As she has worked with the campaign and the VCU Foundation, Webb has been pleased to see so many more of 
her fellow alumni realizing the rewards of giving their time and financial support. "\'CU reached our campaign goal 
in part because 70 percent more alumni have helped," she says. "But we are still working toward the other goals Dr. 
Trani mentions, like scholarships— which are sorely needed in the School of Social Work." She urges alumni to 
"consider the value of your VCU experience, and help give that access to others." 

— Dave McCormack 

We've done it. Campaign Chair Dick Robertson '67BS/MC announced on April 23 that Virginia Commonwealth 
Universiti,''s Partners for Progress Campaign has surpassed its SI 25 miUion minimum goal sixteen months ahead 
of schedule. 

"One of our goals at the beginning of the campaign was to increase alumni participation," Robertson said. "We 
have greatly expanded our annual gi\ing effort and each of VCU's more than 100,000 alumni has been pven many 
opportunities to invest in the fiature of their alma mater. I am pleased to note that during the campaign, 70 percent 
more alumni are giving to VCU and enhancing the value of their degrees." 

It's useful to note that corporations, foundations and other donors often look at the level of alumni support to 
gauge their own contributions. .Alumni involvement is one of sLx criteria for U.S. Nchs and W'odd Reports annual 
ranking of American universities. 

We've reached a major goal, but VCU is far firom finished, and the university still needs alumni support. Your 
dollars give \'CU the margin of excellence to pro\ide scholarships, current technology and lab equipment for class- 
rooms, student opportunities for research or travel for conferences and study abroad, and to bring speakers of 
national and international caliber to campus. 

Several programs included in the campaign still require funding. \'CU President Eugene P: Trani says that 
several million each still needs to be raised for identified proieas and goals, including merit scholarships; the Stuart 
C. Siegel Center; the \'CU School of Engineering; the Massey Cancer Center; the School of Dentistry's Institute tor 
Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology; and planned renovations of classrooms in the School of Business. 

"As we enter the home stretch of one of the most important initiatives in the University's history,' says Dr. 
Trani, "we are grateful for the tremendous support that we have received from alumni, our partners and friends. 
This has been a team effort ft-om the start, and I know this final phase of our Partners for Progress Campaign will be 
a great success." 

" loin 13,000 alumni supporting greater excellence at \'CU. You may make a gift pavable to VCU Foundation, 
designated for a particular purpose or School, if you like. Mai! to P.O. Box 843042; Richmond, \'A 232S4-iK>i2. 






m ^ '1 

■■I ^^ t|M 

Mapping Development. 

Geographical information 
systems (GIS) links a 
digital map with a 
database so planners 
can see the impact of 
development decisions. 
Collaborators Dr. Greg 
Garman, Provost Grace 
Harris and Del. John 
Watkins check the map. 


In the lab or in the field, a scientist uses a 
microscope or magnifying glass to see more 
clearly and understand. Dr. Greg Garman, 
director of VCU's Center for Environmental 
Studies (CES), comments that the interdisci- 
plinary center itself is a lens that "collects light 
coming from different directions across the 
University and focuses it to light up dark 
corners." From across the University, rays 
converge at the CES from disciplines as 
diverse as aquatic and conservation ecology, 
geography, engineering, epidemiology, genetics 
and toxicology, as well as policy elements like 
land-use planning and environmental risk 

"The whole point of the 
Center — and the seven 
other VCU centers," 
Garman says, "is to be 
able to cross depart- 
ment or college 
Unes of administra- 
tion." He adds that 
VCU is among 
only a few univer- 
sities in Virginia 
with centers for 
learning and research 
that are structured 
this way. 
'The Center for 
Environmental Studies is interdis- 
ciplinary work at its finest," says VCU Provost, 
Dr. Grace Harris. "Drawing on faculty expertise 
throughout VCU as well as on the wealth of 
expertise outside the university, the Center 
fosters wonderful cross-campus and communi- 
ty collaboration in teaching, research, public 
service and professional training. Truly, that 
was our intent when we included directives on 
interdisciplinary centers in VCU's 1993 strate- 
gic plan and the current Phase II plan." 

VCU offers a minor and a BS in Science- 
Environmental Studies, and a Master of 
Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in environmen- 
tal planning, science or health. The Center 


with community organizations and 
businesses to offer internships for 
students and hire graduates. Harris adds, "Dr. 
Greg Carman's excellent leadership for the CES 
is supported by outstanding internal and 
external advisory boards." 

So it's no surprise that the young Center 
(begun in 1995) and its students and graduates 
already have an impact on the lives of 
Virginians. Take environmental risk assess- 
ment. Where do you put a hazardous waste 
processing facility? Program faculty and gradu- 
ates can figure out where to place and operate it 
with minimum risk. 

"Very often," Garman points out, "when it 
came time to choose a site for a landfill or 
something else representing a human health 
risk, it tended to go into the most economically 
disadvantaged areas. VCU's Survey, Evaluation 
and Research Laboratory has a grant from the 
Environmental Protection Agency. We're col- 
laborating with them and going into some of 
the poorer neighborhoods in Richmond to 
identify some of these environmental risks. 
Some communities may have problems 
because of lead poisoning, air quality and soil 
contamination." VCU graduates and faculty 
wiU train residents to understand and identify 
environmental risks in their locality. Then, 
residents can determine what governmental 
resources are available to help them clean up 
their neighborhood. 

"Our Center can help a locality pull together 
a project like this." The EPA grant, he says, is 
one of only 1 1 community empowerment 
projects funded in the country. 'Because of the 
Center, we could bring together different types 
of expertise and package them into a coherent 

Annelise Altenbach is a graduate student in 
environmental studies. She works for global 
chemical manufacturer Albright and Wilson 
Americas, where for several years as a regulato- 
ry analyst, she kept the company in compliance 
with federal and state regulations. Altenbach is 
going for a master's so she can move into man- 
agement in environmental health and safety. 
"There's a growing demand for environmental 
scientists in industry," she says. She adds, "My 
personal desire is to ensure that we're passing 
sound legislation based on sound science, and 


Pfishitigfor Knowledge. 

Al tlu' Virginia Institute of 
Marine Science, Chrii 
Squyars is studying the 
Pfisteria parasite that 
threatens the fishing 
industry in Virginia. 
Maryland, and North 

Regulating Effectively. 

Her experience as a 
regidatory analyst at 
chemical matmfacturer 
Albright and Wilson 
Americas led Annelise 
Altenbach back to school 
for a master's in environ- 
mental health and safety. 
"We need environmental 
scientists, people with 
technical experience, to 
protect the environment 
effectively. " 

that's imporliinl lor the 
chemical industry." 
Chris Squyars 
studying marine 
parasites at the 
Virginia Institute 
of Marine Science, 
■j'he recent 
i'llesteria fish kill 
scare flashed a light 
on this obscure (to 
most of us) corner of the 
environment, and now, says 
Chris, "It's going to be a major 
research effort. I'm very excited about it, as very 
little is known of the parasite's life cycle. It's 
really affecting the fishing industry in Virginia, 
Maryland and North Carolina." 

Several outside agencies and organizations 
work with the CES. Dr. Ellen Gilinsky, environ- 
mental department manager for the Virginia 
division of RUST Environment and Infracture, 
an environmental and engineering consulting 
firm, says her company is involved in several 
projects including transportation, water and 
environmental contamination issues. "Mainly 
we have a partnership where we help the 
Center develop short courses, so far dealing 
with wetland ecology. The CES has been great 
to work v«th. It's a nice partnership." 

The executive director of the Virginia 
Environmental Endowment, Jerry McCarthy, 
also extends kudos to CES. "It's a great 
resource. We made a grant to the Center to 
develop an environmental quality index for 
Virginia. It will be a kind of report card on the 
state of Virginia's environment. The Center will 
collect data already out there. This is a major 
activity with serious consequences. It wtR allow 
us to talk objectively and with scientific 
accuracy about the condition of Virginia's envi- 
ronment. Then we can avoid overblovm politi- 
cal rhetoric claiming things are getting better or 
worse without any basis." 

Carman explains, "We'll have a statistically 
valid way to give a single number or letter 
grade, for example, eveiy year on 1 2 different 
environmental indicators, such as the qualit)' of 
groundwater resources, or the pace of urban- 
ization. Poliq' makers aroimd the state can use 
it to create a sound enxdronmental poUc)' tor 
the Commonwealth. We're not partisan and 
want to gi\'e politicians the ver\' best objective 

One means for that is the Center's 

Environmental Technology Training 
Laboratory (E'lTL). The lab is a reality now, up 
and running for a year with funds from the 
Office of the I'rovost. The laboratory is already 
a widely used student res<jurcc, and has also 
hosted more than 30 short courses and 10 
semester- long classes. 

An expanded E'I'I L is a crucial part of the 
new Life Sciences Building approved by the leg- 
islature this spring. It will feature the latest in 
computer technology and ecological assess- 
ment software, including geographic informa- 
tion systems. Carman explains, "GIS is basically 
a high tech way to link a computer database 
with a digital map. It's a tool that allows a land- 
scape or urban planner to see how they should 
develop a geographic area to minimize the eco- 
logical impact of any proposed development." 

The new Life Sciences Building will be a 
catalyst between the CES and other depart- 
ments. A promising connection is new facult)' 
member. Dr. Shelley Harris, an environmental 
epidemiologist who wall divide her time 
between the Center and the Department of 
Preventive Medicine on the MC\' Campus 
"Essentially, she'll be evaluating how the envi- 
ronment afferts our health," says Carman. 
"She'U be one of the few faculty Unks bet\\'een 
campuses, contributing to the progress of 
both." Carman thinks Harris's joint appoint- 
ment is the most important thing he's accom- 
plished this year. "We certainly expect all kinds 
of new collaborations with the medical 
campus," he says enthusiastically. 

Carman has set high goals for the CES. As 
these goals are achieved, and new ones appear, 
the Center will have an impact not only on the 
state, but the country and the world. Looking 
into the next centun-, Carman sees that "inter- 
disciplinar)' research teams at \'CL' and other 
universities can make new things happen. \Ve'll 
find new ways to li\^e that preserxe 
our en\ironment and enrich 

Laiiiie Fraky is n 
Richmond freelance 




SUMMER 1 9 9 S 

Deciphering Pig Guts 
and Pwching Out Dogs 


How does a VCU graduate go from museums to zoos? Or from the 

medical clinic to the farm? Such tangents may seem strange until you 

talk to five alumni whose unique paths make horse sense. 

A Gutful 



. here's an 
intimate relation- 
ship between our 
gut and us," 
explains Bryan 
White '82PhD/M- 
BH, when asked 
why he's so fascinat- 
ed by the bacteria 
that thrive in the 
dark and airless 
world of intestines. 
"We need them, 
they need us. And 
when the bacteria 
are out of balance, it 
affects us adversely." 

bacteria is no circus 
trick — out of whack 
bacteria can kiU. White is searching for a solution to one 
bacteria-balance problem that threatens premature human 
infants. Their gastrointestinal tracts aren't ready to completely 
digest food — even their mother's milk can cause problems. 
Right now, the best solution is intravenous feeding with a 
product that simulates the nutrients a baby receives in the 
womb. The product works, but delivering it is invasive and 
expensive. What if we could inoculate a premature baby's 
intestines with the bacteria needed to properly digest food? But 
how much? Which kinds of bacteria? These are all questions 


that White's team is trying to figure out by working with 
newborn pigs whose gastrointestinal tracts can serve as models 
for human infants'. 

Although he studied human gastrointestinal processes in his 
doctoral program, animals became White's subjects when he 
joined the faculty of the University of Illinois. "This is the best 
place in the world to work on GI bacteria," he says. "And 
because I was hired by the Department of Animal Sciences, I 
serve in that field." 

Like his work wdth pigs. White's research on cows' digestion 
may one day benefit humans. You'd think an animal that has 
four stomachs and chews everything twice would digest 
anything efficiently. But while their stomachs contain enough 
bacteria to digest eighty percent of the plant tissue they eat, only 
forty percent of the nutrients are actually produced. Why aren't 
the bacteria more efficient? How can the process be improved? 
And why bother? Because a mere five percent increase in effi- 
ciency translates into a fifl:een percent increase in milk and 
meat production. Livestock producers would spend less money 
on feed, have more product to sell — and less animal manure to 
dispose of 

Obviously, if a cattle farmer saves money and makes more 
food, that helps us all. But why should the rest of us care how 
much manure cattle produce? Clean water, that's why. 
Improperly stored animal waste contaminates groundwater 
with nitrogen. Runoff threatens streams, rivers and lakes. White 
reasons that increasing the digestive efficiency of cows, pigs and 
other livestock would decrease their manure and protect our 

It may soimd as though he spends his days mucking around 
in manure-filled barns. In fact. White says, "I don't work in 
barns much anymore and I haven't even touched a test tube in 

a long lime. I cloji't get lodo iiiiich bench science; I direct it." 
He writes grants to bring in money for researcii; helps his 
gracliiiite stLiclenls design experiments; and teaches undergrad- 
uate and graduate courses in microbiology. 

White also reviews grant proposals each year for the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture. "I'm making sure your tax dollars 
are well spent and that the research projects benefit society." 
Like his own. Nourishing premature babies, increasing food 
production and protecting the environment. Not bad for a guy 
who works with guts. 




AH has been riding 
horses since she was 
a little girl. Like 
many kids, as she 
grew up, she 
wondered if there 
was a way to 
combine a career 
wi\h her passion. 
She decided to go 
into physical 
iherapy and work 
w ith handicapped 
equestrians. Then, 
during training, one 
of her horses came 
up lame Just before 
a competition. She 
applied physical 
therapy tech- 

nic]ues — and they worked. Layfield asked around physical 
therapy and equestrian circles, and found only a few other 
people using human physical therapy techniques with horses. 
Presto! La)'field had her magic combination. 

"I hooked up with a vet who was gracious enough to help 
me," she says, "and he gave me my tirst cases." It went from 
there. Today, veterinarians all over central Virginia refer horses 
with problems to Layfield's business. Equine Mechanics, in 
Hanover, Vii'ginia. 

Her work begins with observation. She watches the animal 
move, with and without a rider. She looks to see if its footfalls 
are even, if the rider is crooked, if the saddle is placed properly. 
These and other observations give clues to the location and 
source of the problem. She chooses the therapy and begins 

A physical therapist who works with humans relies on 
patients to complain, curse, or othensise x'erbally describe 
whatever they are feeling as the therapist works. With horses, 
you don't get irritable comments — ^you risk a kick in the shin. 
Layfield pa)'s close attention to her patients: "If the}' threaten to 
kick or bite, )'ou know you'x'e found a sore spot. The)'ll also tell 
you when you relieve pain — the)''ll relax, they'll chew or 
salivate, or their eyes will get glassy." 

Although she uses traditional therapies like nnassage, 
exercise, and ultrasound, layfield finds the new technology of 
cold laser especially useful in horses. "I drm't think anything 
can touch it," she says. Using b<jth visible and invisible light, the 
laser works at the cellular level to increase cellular metabolism 
and the movement of white blrxxi cells into a wound. It alsrj 
stimulates production of healing tissue, and decreases pain and 
scarring. Treatment is quick and painless. And unlike drugs, 
which are strictly limited on the show circuit, laser therapy can 
be used right up to showtime. 

One of her laser patients was a world-championship 
Appaloosa who had been injured before a comf)etition. She 
applied laser therapy, and he competed successfully eight 
weeks later. 

"It's nice to work with the high competition horses," 
Layfield allows, "but my best clients are the backyard horses. 
That's what really makes it for you." She recently treated an old 
horse that suffered from a deteriorating bone in his foot He 
was lame, and nothing had helped him. Layfield worked with a 
ferrier to change the horse's shoes, and she used laser therap>'. 
"He's one-hundred percent okay now," she says. "He's perfect, 
and no drugs." That old horse is back in the ring and learning 
new tricks. 

Layfield has also helped a mare and her owner continue to 
ride together. As the owner moved up in skills, she would try to 
increase the mare's abilities. Unfortunately, the increased 
activity would tear up scar tissue over the mare's patella and she 
would go lame. The owner came to Layfield. Laser therap\' 
broke up the scar issue and eliminated the problem. The horse 
is now training again with the o^vner, and they are both 
increasing their skills as a team. 

With such success stories, La\'field knows that her childhood 
dream really has come true, thanks to that magic combination 
of career and passion that she disco\ered while at \'CL'. 


.ave you e\-er 
come home to the 
stench of cat pee on 
your carpet? Or dis- 
covered Fido has 
been chewing on the 
coftee table? If 
you're like most pet 
owners, you head 
for the \'et or the 
animal trainer. You 
probabh* don't 
think to call an 
animal beha\ior 
specialist — few- 
exist, and many vets 
don't make those 
referrals. Dr. 
Suzanne Johnson 
'87PhD, a graduate 


of VCU's psychology department, is one of the few animal 
behaviorists who works with pets. 

"I am not a dog trainer," Johnson emphasizes. "I'm an 
applied animal behaviorist who sees dogs and cats with 
problems beyond training issues." When an animal displays 
inappropriate behavior, most people would punish their pet. 
"But animals don't do something because they are devious. 
There is usually a good, sound biological reason." She observes 
the animal in its home, asks the owners about the animal's care 
and medical history, and deduces that biological reason for the 

One memorable case was an older cat among a family of six 
felines. It was biting a younger, smaller cat on the back of the 
neck and dragging it around the house. The vet thought that 
this might be displaced sexual behavior, and prescribed a shot 
of hormones. Before going ahead with this treatment, the 
owners called in Johnson. She watched the cats for several 
hours, and saw the older cat acting more like a hunter than a 
sexually frustrated feline. It was "killing" its "prey" with a bite 
to the neck and dragging the smaller cat Hke a wounded 
sparrow. "He had a drive in his system to satisfy that need for 
iron," she says, "so he needed more meat protein." She suggest- 
ed a treatment of vitamin B- 12 and a diet higher in meat. It 
worked; the big cat quit "hunting" the smaller cat. 

Identifying vitamin deficiencies is just one of the ways 
Johnson overcomes animal behavior problems. And she's used 
to surmounting obstacles — her academic career was fiaU of 
them. One was her age. Johnson was in her thirties before 
beginning school in the mid-1970s. At that time, nontraditional 
students were rare, even at VCU. The bigger obstacle, though, 
was the attitude about her field. Applied animal behavior was 
brand new, dismissed by many traditional psychologists. She 
was lucky enough, though, to find broadminded professors at 
VCU who understood the practical value of her specialty and 
encouraged her research. 

Today, Johnson is one of a small group of board-certified 
applied animal behaviorists in the country. As owner of Animal 
Behavior Associates in Beaverdam, Virginia, she travels 
throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland to visit clients 
and their pets. She consults with vets about the relationship of 
behavior therapy and medical care, and more vets are referring 
patients to her. "Most vets aren't trained in animal behavior," 
she points out, and some are resistant to her work. "But there's 
a different attitude now among young vets; they are more 
willing to consider animal behavior." 

Much to Johnson's delight, there's more demand for animal 
behaviorists. And, she says ruefully, "I'm not getting any 
younger." So she helps identify students who are interested in 
the field and helps them find appropriate internships. She also 
plans to expand her audience through her two books about cat 
and dog behavior, A Common Sense Approach to Dog/Cat Care. 
"Books can reach many more people," she reasons, "and help 
that many more animals." And that many more harried pet 


Got Milk? 

hat does a 
physician and med- 
ical administrator 
do when he retires? 
How about 
becoming a fuU- 
time farmer? That's 
exactly what 
Wyndham Blanton 
Jr. '50MD '52HS 
did — and it ruined 
his golf game. He 
had bought his 
family's farm on the 
Appomattox ft'om 
his brothers and 
sisters in 1960. 
While he was still 
practicing medicine 
and later, traveling 
the world as a 
medical administra- 
tor, Blanton worked his farm on the weekends and Wednesday 
afternoons. "My golf game disappeared," he jokes. 

Wyndham began farming just as techniques for artificial 
insemination were being developed. Dairy farming might be an 
interesting opportunity. He began to raise and milk purebred 
Holstein dairy cattle — the big black and white cows that sym- 
bolize milk to people around the world. 

He took on the challenge of breeding a national champion 
cow. He studied the Hneage of bulls and cows, and the different 
catde types-the small but significant differences in milk produc- 
tion, body conformation, and longevity. He carefully chose the 
genetic characteristics he wanted to emphasize, and planned 
the breeding accordingly. Blanton successfully developed an 
AH- American cow, and showed her in Chicago, Pennsylvania, 
Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. 

He went stiU further. During Blanton's presidency, the 
Virginia Holstein Association helped dairy farmers understand 
and appreciate how to organize and use genetic information. 
Breeders often relied on genetic information from small 
samples of population — sometimes as few as six animals. These 
samples were far too small to be statistically valid, and using 
them led to a lot of misinformation about bloodlines and 
genetics. The USDA organized the genetic information from 
dairy cows across the country, and then developed a statistically 
valid genetic database that breeders could use to make decisions 
about which cows and buUs to breed. 

The work of the Virginia Holstein Association led the way 
in the use of a nationwide database holding genetic information 
on hundreds of thousands of Holsteins. This increased organi- 
zation and dissemination of genetic information helped 
Holstein breeders develop cows that produced milk with 
increased amounts of fat and protein, and that produced 
increased amounts of this richer mUk. In one decade, the pro- 



cluclioii ol llic average dairy cow almost dcjublcd - wilh(jut 
using growtii hormones, a practice that is strongly questioned 
by many. (Fewer than 25 percent of Virginia dairy farmers use 
them, Blanton says.) 

After retiring from medicine in 1984, Wyndham farmed 
full-time. He inseminated cows, milked cows, sold cows and 
talked cows. "It was a wonderful time of my life," he says. And 
also an incredibly active time — he spent many days on the 
tractor working the grain fields and wrangling 1 500 pound 
animals. By 1994, he had to admit the time had come to retire 
from this work he enjoyed so much. "Farming was more than I 
could do physically." 

Today Blanton lives in Richmond and serves his community 
as an advisor and volunteer. He is the vice chair of the current 
VCU capital campaign, on the advisory committee to the Dean 
of Medicine, and helps organize alumni seminars. And, yes, 
he has returned to the golf course. "You can't imagine what a 
35-year absence has done to my game," he laments. 


Animals on exhibit have their own way of instructing the 
public. One evening a group of visitors was allowed to linger 
long after the gates were closed, to watch a giraffe in labfjr. One 
of Lisa's teen-aged volunteers had been watching for three 
hours. After the baby giraffe emerged, the teenager turned to 
her and said, "I've seen this a lot on the Discovery CJhannel, and 
it's just not the same," 

At moments like that, Lisa knows she made the right move. 
With her VCU Master's in Public Administration, she had 
worked in museum education at the Virginia Museum and at 
the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She wasn't looking for a 
change from art to animals. But it came. A colleague urged her 
to apply for the zoo position. But first, she explored the con- 
temporary world of zoos. "Zoos have changed," she says. Now 
the emphasis is on conservation and education — not collection 
of animals for the sake of collecting. "I can only work in a place 
I believe in." 

Today, instead of walking through galleries of Impressionist 

'ix years ago, Lisa Ottman Hooten 
'85MPA/H&S left art museum adminis- 
tration to watch over cheetahs instead of 
Cassatts. She's not in Kenya; Hooten is 
superintendent of education for the 
Houston Zoological Gardens. The 
cheetahs, affectionately known as "The 
Bachelors' Club," reside in a naturalistic 
enclosure she can see from her office. 

Hooten runs the zoo's education 
program, working with a full-time staff ot 
eleven, plus more than a dozen contract 
teachers and 500 volunteers. They develop 
educational materials like curriculum 
guides and interpretive signs, and deliver 
educational programs to audiences that 
range from toddlers to senior citizens. 
They work with the curators and scientists 
to design exhibits that delight and educate 
visitors, and that also provide homes for the animals that are 
more comfortable and natural than the concrete boxes and 
steel cages of the past. 

"Scientists want to communicate everything they know 
about the animal and the conservation issues around it," she 
explains. "We have to distiU that information for xdsitors onto a 
sign they can read as they are stroUing by." She teUs skeptical 
curators, "Our job is to inspire, to make the public want to 
learn more; then they can go to the library or come to our edu- 
cational programs." 

Most of the zoo's educational programs feature "ambas- 
sadors" — hissing cockroaches, small mammals and other crea- 
tures that are safe to have around kids and that are intriguing, if 
not cuddly. Some of these animals arrive in the classroom in 
unconventional ways. The zoo's snake ambassadors are carried 
in coolers. Travel in an insulated environment assures that the 
snakes' temperature remains stable — and kids lo\'e to guess 
what's inside the cooler. (That's a corn snake, not a Coke.) 

paintings or Renaissance dra\sings, she takes a break 
in giraffic park (above) or checks out the children's area; Ma>'be 
a baby kangaroo has just peeked out from its mother s pouch 
for the first time. 

Lisa still has ties to Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, 
Houston, \vhere her husband John '86BFA is its design coordi- 
nator. Together the\- are raising Erin, their three-year-old 
daughter with art and animals. .\nd what does Erin think of her 
mom's job? "She thinks it's so cool," Lisa admits. "But I have a 
hard time explaining to other parents why Erin thinks all 
coolers hold snakes. " 

Gnolyii Duckworth's old VCU buddies still greet her \iitfi 
quacks; and she was intrigued to find something in common 
with both Lisa and her husband. Carolyn's BFA is in crafts, 
and now she writes often on wildlife and the environment — 
for Ranger Rick <J/i(/ National \\'ildlife magazines, among 
others. Her loom is in her garage, less than one mile from 
Yellowstone National Park. 


SUMMER I 9 9 i 


VCU's Year 2000 Website 

"Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?" 
Astronaut Dave Bowman's (Keir 
Dullea's) tense voice contrasts with the 
computer's soothing, sinister tone in the 
1968 cult film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. 
The renegade computer has decided that 
the crew are a threat to the space ship 
and proceeds to kill them off one by one. 
Bowman manages to outwit and 
deactivate it — perhaps. While there are 
many interpretations to the mysterious, 
dreamlike ending, the movie clearly 
foreshadowed society's dependence on 

Never has that dependency been 
more apparent than as we approach the 
year 2000, when all hardware and 
software programs are being checked 
and modified so they will process infor- 
mation properly when the new millenni- 
um dawns. 

It's no easy undertaking. And it's 

Virginia Commonwealth University 
expects to spend $8.4 million on its 
effort. And that's if everything goes as 
expected. Unforeseen complications 
could bump costs even higher, says John 
Dayhoff, VCU's vice provost for infor- 
mation technology. 

The effort is massive and all encom- 
passing for a two-campus university that 
includes 1 1 schools, 4,000 full-time 
employees and 22,000 students. There is 
no quick solution to the Year 2000 
computer date dilemma for VCU or an)' 
other organization. 

"Y2K" originated in the early stages of 
computer de\'elopment. Memoiy was 
limited and storage was extraordinarily 
expensive, so programmers took a gener- 
ally accepted shortcut, representing the 
year wdth two digits instead of four. But 
systems stayed around longer than 
expected, and the abbreviation became 

an industry de facto standard. 

As a result, millions of computer 
software programs can't read dates 
beyond 1999, meaning they interpret 00 
as 1900 or 1980 (the birth of personal 
computers) instead of the year 2000. The 
situation is putting high technology 
employees in high demand to scan and 
correct programs so that computers can 
accurately calculate, compare and 
sequence events before, during and after 
the year 2000. Some "noncompUant" 
computer systems may shut down; 
others may continue to calculate inaccu- 
rate information. Already, glitches are 
popping up before the dreaded deadline. 

For businesses around the globe Y2K 
is life-threatening. The deadline is fixed; 
staff and resources are limited. An orga- 
nization obli\'ious to the problem could 
find itself losing a significant chunk of 
business. Or facing lawsuits. Or closing 

What's the big deal? Why not add two 
characters and be done with it? 

For starters, the dates are buried in 
chips scattered through hardware in 
thousands of de\aces and a mad \'ariet)' 
of computers of different ages and Hnes 
of development. Chips are pen'asive. 
They run elevators, heating and air-con- 
ditioning s\'stems, \'oice mail, traffic 
lights, laboraton,' and medical equip- 
ment, and manufacturing processes. And 
there's no uniformit)' in how dates are 
labeled in hundreds of billions of lines of 
computer programs in millions of orga- 
nizations around the globe. Once found, 
the fix means replacing the chip or 
reprogramming software, a tedious, 
time-consuming process that requires 
line-bj'-Une anal^'sis. 

The costs to find and fix centur\' date 
problems mav total as much as S600 
billion worldwide. A/cincimas^azine 


are mined in 



adimrent ages 
ncffines df ^ 

reported in February that the federal 
goxemment will spend nearly S4 billion 
and that Chase Manhattan will spend 
S250 million. Glitches will spawn 
lawsuits as contracts are breached and 
business is interrupted; some estimates 
proiect legal fees approaching S I trillion. 

Y2K has been on the horizon tor 
more than a decade, ^\■hile many pro- 
crastinated, no one-shot "silver-bullet" 
solution has appeared. So in the past 
three \ears, organizations have begun to 
tackle the problem in earnest, the hard 

"We have a heads-down fiDcus on the 
Year 2000 issue," Da\-hol}"sa\-s. "It's not 
an information technolog\' problem, it's 
a university- issue." \'CL' President 
Eugene Trani and universit\" \ice presi- 
dents monitor progress through monthh' 
reports that are also posted on \'CL""s 
Year 2000 Website. Richard John 
'83MBA, \'CL'"s director of financial 
information s\"stems, is coordinating the 
Year 2000 proiect. Mark^\"illis, executi\e 
director of administrati\'e sx'stems. 

oversees systems serving three key data- 
dependent services: finance, human 
resources and student enrollment. 

The good news is that by March, 
VCU was the only state research institu- 
tion identified as low risk by the state 
division overseeing Virginia's Year 2000 
projects. "Right now, 
they're on target," says 
'97MPA/H&S, director 
of the Century Date 
Change Initiative, 
who sees monthly 
Y2K progress reports 
on VCU and other state 

"WmAnia is one 
of rour state^ 

— BetteDillehay 

The Year 2000 To Do list on VCU's 
Website is daunting. The university must 
develop awareness of the potential 
impact; inventory systems and prioritize 
system repairs; determine risks, probable 
failure dates and the impact of failures; 
prepare a project plan to correct year 
2000 problems with detailed tasks and 
milestones; assess resources needed, 
including hardware, software and 
staffing; modify or replace systems to 
achieve year 2000 compliance; and test 

In addition to major systems, compli- 
ancy issues affect the university's main- 
frame, a dozen or so mid- range 
computer systems serving various 
administrative departments, 100 depart- 
mental servers and about 4,000 personal 

The school's mainframe computer 
has already been made compliant. 
Systems identified as mission-critical 
include those that register and biU 
students, post grades, assign and allocate 
financial aid and support the business 
functions of the university. 

The Office of Enrollment Services wOl 
have its entire new system in place by the 
end of October. Undergraduate admis- 
sions "went live" in September, 1997. 
"So, much work has been done," says 

Sherry Mikuta, assistant vice provost of 
enrollment services. "Current VCU prac- 
tices related to student records and regis- 
tration, financial aid and student billing 
were documented and then mapped to 
the new system to see what modifications 
in these practices might be necessary." 

In financial records, Jim Satterwhite 
explains that most of the software is 
vendor-supported. The vendor has 
supplied a year 2000 compliant version 
of that department's core system, and 
software updates are in process. "That 
limits the effort that's required because 
the vendor is doing a certain amount of 
the work already, but it's still a tremen- 
dous effort to upgrade it and make sure 
it functions," Satterwhite says. "No 
software you buy is 100 percent compati- 
ble. Certain modifications are required 
to make it compatible with the 
Commonwealth of Virginia systems." 

Human resources and Library services 
have also received Year 2000 compliant 
versions of their core systems. 

Data from the human resource 
system is being updated and transferred 
to the Y2K version. As in other depart- 
ments, customizations have been made 
to meet university needs and Common- 
wealth of Virginia practices. Since 
vendors do not supply upgrades to VCU 
customizations, the university has to 
modify and test customized programs, 
data file structures, inquiry and entry 
screens and reports — as well as VCU- 
developed systems — to be sure they are 
Y2K compliant. 

"Human resources is reviewing and 
modifying more than 300 online screens 
and 500 hard copy reports to make sure 
those programs will correcdy process 
date-driven information," says Linda 
Harber, executive director of human 
resources. "Many of our 60 employees 
are spending a lot of their time on Y2K." 

Barbara Ford, director of VCU library 
services, is also president of the American 
Libraiy Association. "Year 2000 has a big 
impact on public and academic libraries, 
which rely heavily on computers to 
check journals, keep records and circu- 
late materials," she says. "Libraries also 
depend on outside vendors to maintain 
databases. Those vendors must certify 
that their products wtU function in the 
year 2000." 

Next in Une after mission-critical 
systems are those serving VCU's 
advancement services, which supports 
alumni activities and processes gifts. If 
the advancement division is not brought 

in line for Y2K, the university would 
have no way to contact alumni for 
fundraising. (Or to find them to feature 
them in alumni magazines.) 
Advancement services' database includes 
basic biographical information as well as 
employment information on alumni and 
university friends who have donated 

In 1995, advancement bought a 
software program that's Year 2000 com- 
pliant to operate the database. "In the 
new system, any date field is formatted in 
four characters, so it adds and subtracts 
right when it goes into the year 2000," 
says Judy Thayer, manager of advance- 
ment services. "We have statements from 
various equipment and application 
vendors so if there's a problem we know 
who to go back to." 

The timetable calls for all key systems 
to be compliant by the end of 1998 so 
that 1999 can be devoted to testing. "We 
have to make sure the systems recognize 
the year 2000 and that programs give the 
expected results," Willis says. 

The team recognizes that the wide 
scope of the project means that some 
areas will be overlooked. "Our focus is 
not having anything slip through that 
hurts bacDy," John adds. 

While everything seems to be on 
track, challenges remain. "Every time I 
think I have my hands around the issue, 
it keeps getting bigger," Willis admits. 

The decentralized nature of university 
fife contributes to challenge. For exam- 
ple, most of the university uses PCs, but 
there are Macintosh pockets — in the 
School of the Arts, because Macs stiU 
have the best design programs, and in the 
School of Social Work because of their 
user-friendliness compared to PCs in the 
early '90s, as well as in various depart- 
ments on the medical campus. Schools 
may be using different operating systems 
or specialized software; professors may 
have special needs to run their research 
projects. "Computers flourish — and 
diversify — in that kind of environment 
because the university is creating knowl- 
edge," John says. "Computers provide 
the horsepower that allows that to 

(Macs, by the way, don't have a Y2K 
problem because they store the date as 
one long number, counting the seconds 
up to the current date. Mac designers 
thought ahead, if weirdly. They'll have a 
6:28:16 am, February 6, 2040 problem. 
And current Macs and software are good 
till the year 29,940.) 



Compounding the pressure is a 
critical siiortage oltiLialillcd liigli tech- 
nology workers. Like most organizations, 
VCU has lost information systems 
employees lured elsewhere by higher 
salaries. The university has responded by 
expanding monetary incentives and 
other benefits, like flexible hours and 
work-at-home alternatives. 

Another big concern is VCU's inter- 
face with other computer systems. The 
university directly deposits employee 
paychecks to banks; it provides wage and 
withholding information to the Internal 
Revenue Service; it retrieves data on 
student loans from the federal govern- 
ment. The university also relies on busi- 
nesses to provide aU kinds of goods and 
services, from utilities to textbooks and 
lab supplies. "We're relying on other 
organization to ensure their systems will 
be compliant," John says. "To a certain 
extent, we're all in this together." 

A major interface is, of course the 
state of Virginia — for employees' 
benefits and pensions, for faculty projects 
with state agencies. It's Bette Dillehay's 
responsibility to make sure state agency 
computer systems work correctly when 
1999 rolls over to 2000. 

"And I thought managing informa- 
tion services for A.H. Robins during the 
Dalkon Shield litigation was a challenge," 
she comments wryly. Y2K is proving 
even bigger. But Dillehay and Virginia 
are up to it. While all Virginia govern- 
ment systems won't be compliant by 
2000, she says, mission-critical functions 
of tax collection, public health services, 
prisoner management and paying the 
bills will be up to speed. 

In fact, "Virginia is one of four state 
governments leading the country in 
fixing the Y2K," says Dillehay. After a 
1996 briefing on the issue, state agency 
heads and legislators were quick to rec- 
ognize the significance of the problem 
and take action. "That's what separates 
us from a lot of states — ^we can't seem to 
convince them there's a problem." 

The effort will take a significant bite 
out of the state's operating budget. The 
estimated cost for checking, repairing, 
replacing and testing 600 mission-critical 
systems in 96 agencies is $80 million. Of 
that, $47 million comes from the state 
general fund; the rest from agencies like 
the DMV that generate their own 

The timetable called for agencies to ( 
have completed a systems assessment by 
August 1997 and to fix all mission- 
critical systems by the end of 1998. "Our 
role is monitoring and anticipating 
where problems may exist and determin- 
ing what to do to correct them," Dillehay 
says. "We also know, for instance, that aU 
PCs have to be checked and we know 
that facilities contain a number of devices 
from elevators to telephones that have 
embedded chips that need to be 
checked," Dillehay continues. "It's a 
massive, massive job. 

"We've been exploring a number of 
software tools to test personal computers 
and software packages that run on PCs to 
provide agencies to make sure all of their 
equipment and programs are working 

Dillehay finds she's being bitten by 
the same bugs as VCU's technolog}' 
wonks. The state has even more inter- 
faces with more external organizations, 
agencies, and vendors. Each agena' must 
first identify where exchanges are, and 
then work out a mechanism to ensure 
that data is exchanged properly. 

Like even'one else, state government 
has suffered the shortage of technically 
competent workers to execute the 
mammoth tasks at hand. Dillehay esti- 
mates that 15 percent to 25 percent of 
the state's information management staft 
has left. She has %vorked with personnel 
and training to oflier bonuses to employ- 
ees working on )'ear 2000 issues "to help 
stem the skills drain. " 

Y2K does bring some benefits. At 
\'CU, it's impro\ing the quality- and 
coherence of the uni\ersin"s technolosrv. 

p pnonty." 

Like VCU, yirginia has a webpage at 

— Mark Willis (right, with John Dayhoff 
and Richard Johrt) 

Administrators are getting a strong, clear 
look at the results more than 30 years of 
hodgepodge de\elopment .As the uni- 
versity takes in\entory and makes neces- 
sary modifications, obsolete sj'stems are 
retired, redundant s\'stems are consoli- 
dated, interfaces are improved. 

Dillehay and Willis agree that the 
ongoing challenge is keeping staff moti- 
vated. "It's ver\- difficult to do because of 
the demands on e\er\'body," Dillehay 
says. "We need to focus those resources 
and stay on target with that" .\nother 
difficult)' for staff is that technological 
enhancements, the fun stuff, are on hold 
unless they're critical. Willis admits, 
"Y2K is not sex\' and p>eople would 
rather be working on the application of 
technolog)- to business problems. But 
this has to be a top priorit)." 

Mean\shile, just as interpretations to 
the meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey- 
run the gamut, there's no unhersal take 
on the >ear 2000 dilemma. Some predict 
it will trigger a recession; others are opti- 
mistic the worst problems will be 
a\erted. \\'hatever the opinion, the 
mammoth undertaking presents the 
question: \\"ho really is coming into 
comphance here? Computers or our 
computer-dep>endent sodet)^ 

Kathleen Thotuas is a freelance imter 
and a consumer columnist for tlie 
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 

S U M XI E R ! 9 9 S 

Saloon, and inside the music is loud. On 
stage, three musicians collectively known 
as Grouser pitch forward and back to the 
disjunctive rhythm of their heavy rock 
songs. Cigarette smoke rises; the bassist's 
shirt darkens with sweat. At the door, 
money changes hands; an audience 
thickens around the bar as the booths 
and tables fill. A hundred or so faces gape 
into the rush of music, some coolly sipping 
draft beer and half leaning on barstools; 
others ignoring their beers altogether, 
smoMng, nodding their heads. A handftil 
of peopl^ stand at the back of the room, 
hands in^^ckets, surveying the scene. 

This evening is much like any other at 
Moondance, or any local club for that 
matter; and anyone tuned into Richmond's 
rock music scene will see plenty of familiar 
faces in the crowd. Against the bar, Mike 
Bishop '91BFA and Tim Harris '81BS/B, 
two thirds of the band Kepone, melt into 
the crowd; Ed Trask '92BFA is here some- 
where. Nearby, Ron Curry*, all-string, aU- 
wind player for Hotel X and Mao Tse 
Helen, glances sideways at the band from 
under a wide-brimmed hat. A few heads 
behind him. Bucket's Louis Harris 
'92BM/A lurks against the back wall, 
crouching now and then to exchange 
comments with one of the guys in 
Bitterlily. Here and there, members of The 
Waking Hours, Car Bomb, SaU are all 
present — the list goes on. Such is the music 
scene in Richmond, where all the bands 

e share their fans, 
and all the fans 
seem to have bands 
of their own. 
Indeed, diey've all 
shared the same 
stages, the same 
equipment. They've 
all recorded at the same places. And almost 
every one of them has gone to VCU. 

In fact, Moondance owner Chuck 
Wrenn '71BFA (third from right, top of 
facing page) is a VCU granddaddy to a 
couple of younger generations of bands, a 
bandmaster himself in the '60s and '70s, 
guitarist with Beautify America and later 
Faded Rose, "a kind of honkey tonk 
country band." Wrenn remembers "a 
million bands. Everybody played here. 
Bruce Springsteen was practically a local 
band then." Robbin Thompson '71BS/MC 
sang with Springsteen as well as the Dave 
Matthews Band, another "local" who made 
good. Thompson is still in the business at 
Richmond's In Your Ear studios with Joe 
Sheets '71AS/E. Other "VCU" bands were 
Manny Green and the Gadgets, Morning 
Disaster, Bosom Blues Band, and X- 
Breed — later Single Bullet Theory. "DarreU 
Groove and the Ace Tones were all drama 
students, real popular. The Good Humor 
Band was the best bar band ever in 

*Names in bold without degrees are our 
AAs — Almost Alumni — who identify 
with VCU even though they never finished 
their degree(s). 





Ricliiiuind." They played at Goin' Bananas, 
the Asparagus Farm, Hard Times, 
Benny's — and of course, in Shafer Court. 

"It was an entirely different era," Wrenn 
comments, "truly a revolutionary time — 
an age of enlightenment. Very open and 
free." People would bring their instruments 
and set up at Monroe Park for impromptu 
concerts; there were Be-ins on Broad 
Street. "This was before any problem with 
violence," he adds. "It was an active and 
vibrant time. I wouldn't trade it for 

VCU is still "the place where all these 
creative people are brought together," says 
Steve West '89BFA, drummer for 
Pavement, back from a tour in October. In 
a profile last May, the New Yorker 
described the band's style as "your classic 
rock song . . . hijacked by surrealists." 

" If you consider yourself the oddball in 
high school, the one that wants to go to art 
school, and you live in Virginia, then VCU 
is a natural place to be. There's already a 
scene of students and graduates that have 
their art or their music going. There's 
plenty of diversity to find 10 or 1 5 friends 
into the same thing you are." 

West wasn't quite the oddball high- 
schooler he describes — he was class presi- 
dent — but even back then he and his 
finends in Stalingrad were serious enough 

about their 
music that 

so they 
could keep 
together — 

f -oiiioocfiok Linton 
the way. 

VCl ."stop- 
ranked art sch(M)l 
draws students like 
sculpture major 
West, passionate 
.ibout their art and 
their music. "It may 
be that many visual 
artists wind up in 
bands as another 
way of releasing their creativity," West 
suggests. After graduation, he followed a 
few friends to New York, and got a job as a 
security guard at the Whitney Museum. 
Through high school contacts, he hooked 
up wilh Pavement, by then recording and 
touring, and looking for a new drummer. 
Scott Richards '88BS/B has a degree in 
marketing, not art; but judging by the 
recognition his band is getting, his educa- 
tion is good backup. In 1993, bass player 
Scott joined his brother Tom in The 
Waking Hours. The band's catchy pop 
rhythms and high-energy live shows are 
drawing regional attention. The Waking 
Hours has been influenced by the British- 
pop sound that has in the past propelled 
bands like The Jam, and, more recendy, 
Oasis to the top of the charts. 

Richards admits that music is some- 
thing of an aberration for a business major, 
though he thrived on the cross-poUination 
that VCU's different schools offered. 
"Where I went to high school, everyone 
looked alike," he says. "At \'CU, I thought. 
What a cool place. At the time the 
punk/new wave thing was happening. 
Honor Role and Mud Helmet were big. I 
was always glad I went to VCU, where 1 
was exposed to such a diverse, creatix'e 

Though Scott has kept his day job 
selling building materials as a traveling 
salesman, he has high aspirations for his 
band. "You really never outgrow the 
music," he says. 

Where's the Show ? 

"I alwa\s think you can go to a to\sTi twice 
this size but you won't find half as man\' 
musicians," sax's Beth Horsley, 44, who 
sings and pla\'s electric guitar with Boxcar 
Poodle, an R&B outfit — also musical home 
to guitarist Bob ^Vebb '84MBA — another 


band „ Wc play m<;itl/ ArrvTir.-jr, rtnAs 
music from the '4') ii'^r .]■'■ 

has her own ajmriio-ioi p.i..ti7graphy 
business and she plays nearly every week all 
over the city. "Music is something I do 
because I love it. I have to do it" 

In 12 years of playing, "as far as R&B 
goes, I've seen that segment of the market 
wax and wane." Generally, "it's a buyer's 
market. On one hand Richmonders don't 
exactly jump to go out and see bands. 
People seem to take it for granted. But 
there's a certain contingency who always 
seem to come out" 

She thinks the rede\'elopment of places 
like Richmond's Shockoe Bottom has con- 
tributed to a burgeoning music scene. 
"There's so many great places to play. 
There's a lot of clubs here." 

Scott Richards agrees. "When I was at 

\'CU there were only the places on Grace 
Street. With just T\\isters and the lade 
Elephant, it was hard to find a show. A lot 
of bands can play now because of the 
Bottom — at .Area 51, Liquid .Assets, 
Cobblestone, and Moodance. Now it's rel- 
atively easy to get gigs. The doors are 

Doors are opening now, but some \XXJ 
musicians just didn't want to wait. 
Musicians like West, La Bradford's Mark 
Nelson '90B.VH&S, Purple I\y Shadows' 
Eric Carlson '90BA/H&S and Chris 
Daltrey, and many others telt they had to 
relocate to big cities like Nexv York and Los 
.Angeles to husde their music. Still, many 
others, like Frog Legs' Wrenn Mangum 
'95BFA and Morgan Huff '95B.VH&S. 
and punk rock group .AWAIL tind 
Richmond a comtbrtable base, an ideal 
place to make their music Because so 

s u M .M E R I 9 <• s 

;S) m m 

many musicians stay in town, the Shafer 
Court connections and cross-pollination 
buzz on. 

"Richmond's a real interesting city," 
says Mangum, whose schedule included 
162 shows on the road last year. "It's got a 
small town atmosphere about it, but a real 
broad spectrum of music styles. There's a 
lot of originality in what people are doing 
with styles they pick up from other places." 

Mangum says that Frog Legs' style 
draws from everyone from Black Flag to 
Bing Crosby, and nearly every genre — 
punk rock and flamenco, opera and jazz. 
English major Huff and Mangum are the 
group's primary song writers, but "it's col- 
laborative," Mangum says. "By the time 
one of our songs is done it's kind of unrec- 
ognizable from the original skeleton, 
because it's been worked on by everyone. 
We try to nail a new idea down real fast 
with spontaneous lyrics. Later I'U go back 
and add the particular meaning I'm 
shooting for." 

And while the music is engaging, Frog 
Legs have made a name for themselves 
almost exclusively on the basis of 
Mangum's onstage antics. Between lyrics, 
as his fellow band members churn out the 
music, Mangum dives about the stage like a 
frenetic mime, eternally acting out passages 
of whatever story he seems to be ruminat- 
ing. (Alumni who've had classes with his 
father, English professor Bryant Mangum, 
won't be surprised that Wrenn is A 

"What I think is great about Richmond 
is that you can go out most any night and 
see a great band," says Mangum the 
showman. "But when I go to see a band, I 
like to see a show." 

The Roar Of 6WAR 

For consummate showmen, consider 
GWAR, another successful Richmond 
band whose roots reach deep into VCU 
territory. In the 15 years GWAR has been 
antagonizing the rock and roU world, the 
band has seen a number of VCU graduates 
come and go from its ranks. 

Summarizing the world of GWAR in a 
few sentences is a hopeless task, but readers 
new to the phenomenon should know at 
least this much: The band originated from 
the pages of a local sci-fi comic strip, whose 
characters are half-men/half-beasts from 
outer space who have invaded Earth via 
Antarctica and are in the process of taking 
over the world. 

GWAR is controversial for its grotesque 
stage shows, bizarre lyrics and music 
videos. The band's blend of heavy metal 
and twisted, explicit lyrics has won them 
both praise and condemnation all over the 
worid. In 1993 GWAR was nominated for 
a Grammy, and caused quite a stir by their 
mere appearance at the ceremony in full 

The band's Bob Gorman '93BFA is 
currendy writing GWAR's chronicles. New 
York, he explains, is "a dog-eat-dog 
scenario. You're forced into competition." 
A beastly band like GWAR should thrive 
there, and does. "We always come back to 
Richmond because it's a great base. You 
can go at your own pace. But you have to 
tour. Touring is the way people across the 
country come to find out that there's talent 
here, that there's a good art school here. 
And that Richmond is a good, cheap place 
to do art." 

Despite their intimidating outfits and 
gruff stage voices, the members of GWAR 
are actually an articulate bunch, vnth 
degrees and affiliations, collectively, from 
virtually every department in VCU's art 
school. Gorman estimates that 75 percent 
of the band's many present and former 
members have a degree or have taken 
classes at VCU. Gorman's list is like a 
smdent roster: founders Dave Brockie 
'86BFA, Steve Douglas and Hunter 
Jackson '82BFA; Don Drakulich '84BFA, 
Dave Musel '87BFA, Scott Krahl, Matt 
McGuire '95BA/H8cS, Mike Derks and 
Daniel Stampe. (Douglas's wife, Terry 
Douglas '92MS/A, perfoms in Log.) 

The band works out of a warehouse on 

Richmond's Northside, where they 
produce videos, build costumes and stage 
props. The building houses the band's 
recording studio, practice space and 
business office. "If we tried to do this in NY 
or LA we'd never have happened," says 
Gorman. "We would have drifted apart a 
lot quicker. A really good paying job in the 
arts is still a job, but with GWAR we get to 
act out all our ideas and fantasies. There's 
no other job in the world like it." 

Besides Pavement, GWAR, LaBradford 
and AVAIL (back from an Australian tour 
in March), more than a few bands with 
VCU alums on board are making their 
mark nationally. 

Several bands with grads or students 
from VCU's music department are 
winning national attention and recording 
contracts. Andrew Winn '94BM '96MM/A 
is a singer and guitarist in Agents of Good 
Roots, a band that signed with RCA 
records last year. (Drummer- vocalist Brian 
Jones '91BS/MC also has VCU roots.) 
Richmond Times- Dispatch rock critic 
Melissa Rugierri notes their "tight crunchy 
rock" on album "Come On" and "terrifi- 
cally jazzy pop" on "Upspin." Fighting 
Gravit)', with Mike Boyd '95BM/A, and 
The Ernies, including music students Matt 
Goves and Hayes Smith, also have national 
contracts. lunk Food Buddha, with Cliris 
Leitch and John Winn '93BM '95 MM/A 
is doing well. Sandy Guerard, associate 
professor of music, adds, "They have classi- 
cal training and degrees, which I think is 

The ubiquitous Johnny Hott 
'84BS/H&S has enjoyed the limelight for 
more than a decade; first as the drumming 
half of House of Freaks in the '80s with 
Brian Harvey '80BS/H&S. Hott plays now 
with up-and-coming female rocker Lauren 






Got Art? Got Mosic? 

AiKitlicr ilrLiniriicr, Jim 'I'honipson 
'89BA/H&S, of Bio Riliiio, came into tlic 
local scene through friends in the sculpture 
department. Thompson recalls a key time 
and place in Richmond's art history — at 
"the Dairy Barn," on Marshall Street. The 
stone milk bottles at the corners of the 
former dairy factory must have created 
some kind of force field, considering the 
numbers of artists and musicians drawn 
there in the '80s. "It was completely under- 
ground, illegally rented space," says 
Thompson. "People were living in there in 
cubicles, in the freezers." GWAR's Dave 
Brockie and Hunter Jackson first met there. 

"The Dairy Barn was the spark that 
inspired me in this city," he says. "Most of 
the people I knew in the art school were 
fleeing from the sprawling mass of 
Northern Virginia. There were always 
parties nearby at the sculpture department 
on Broad, and bands playing." Laughing, 
he adds, "There was a fairly rowdy 

Before joining Bio Ritmo in 1991, 
Thompson played with Hotel X, and the 
well-known Alter-Natives, an instrumental 
band which played cheerful, high-energy 
'ska,' a kind of pop reggae. The music of 
Bio Ritmo — an engaging blend of salsa and 
Latin rhythms — is a leap from ska, and a 
jump worth taking. After regional success 
with their debut album "Salsa Galactica," 
the band recently signed with national 
Mercury Records for their next release, due 
out later this year. 

Spin Masters 

"I've always been a music lover and a really 
big music fan," says Gail O'Hara 
'SSBA/H&S. At VCU O'Hara was Folio 

lice Band!" 

"What are you boys doing this Thursday? 
You want to fly to Hollywood and play in a 
hip jeans commercial? All expenses 
paid." Without much thought, we said 
yes. I had no clue what was to come. It 
was better that I didn't. 

Still, I was stricken with guilt. Is being 
in a commercial a form of being commer- 
cial? What about artistic integrity? But my 
bandmates seemed excited, and I decided not to spoil the maou, 
all, to get away from our crummy part-time jobs. 

We arrived m L.A. with two phone numbers. One for the hotel and the other for— ??Di.?: :.■ 
singer, had scribbled a name and numberinpencilonacrmkledpieceof torn paper. He co. C" 
read them. Tim?? Jim?? After twenty minutes of close examination we went with "Jim.' V/e ■//e.''e 
even less sure of who he was. "Jim" was supposedly one of the managers on the set 
We were instructed to contact him as soon as we got to the hoteL When we got to the hotel (that 
address and number were legible), there was no reservation for us. Odd. We paid for the room 

I called "Jim." The number was disconnected. I panicked as I dialed five times in a row. I 
couldn't call information and ask for "Jim." I decided not to worry. We went to our rooms to wait 
for "Jim" to call us. 

Three hours later we said the hell with "Jim" and left the room to get something to eat At least 
we were in Los Angeles. After a few hours of sightseeing we returned to the room. No messages 
Atthispoint I decided notto be angry or frustrated. I chose apathy. "Whatever," I said. I calieo it a 

After midnight the phone rang. 

"Hey is this where I can find The Seymores?" 

"Yes, is this Jim?" I said. 

"Who's Jim?" 

"Then who are you?" 

"This is Ron from the Dockers spot. We've been trying to hunt you guys down all night long. I 
think we had you booked in the wrong Holiday Inn. If you paid, we'll pay you back. Loriwnll pick you 
up in the van at noon and bring you to the set." 

Whatever happened to "Jim" I will never know. 

Dockers? I thought it was supposed to be some hip jeans ad. My dad wears Dockers. He's 
sixty-two with no sense of style. I flashed on an image of two men in their mid-thirties standing on 
a fishing pier with crew shirts tightly tucked into their overly starched khakis. 

This whole thing was starting to seem like a bad idea and I was getting tense. Are we going to 
regret this? 

A dream came to me that night I was playing my guitar outside, looking up at a gorgeous blue 
sky hosting the brightness of the sun. I turned and gazed upon an endless ocean. "Where am I?" I 
said in a dull whisper. A breeze, warm like fuzzy earmuffs, moved past my ears, and 1 heard a 
gentle word spoken through harps and chimes. "H-0-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D." I was standing on a fishing 
pier. Directly in front of me I saw Dave, playing his guitar, too. "It can't be," I thought But rt was. He 
was wearing khakis with creases sharp asrazorblades, his white shirt tucked in, "Gruesome," I 
muttered. To Dave's right Tony, our bass player, wore the same awful get-up. He looked miserable. 
Behind Tony was our drummer, Steve. For some reason he wasn't wearing a shirt at all, and had a 
fruit basket on his head — and tightly pressed khakis. I reluctantly examined myself. To no surpnse, 
I was wearing a crewshirt— pink and extremelytight with the collar flipped up. I looked down 
toward my feet Bam! There they were, freshly pressed khakis. The pants were hemmed high, and 
my shins were exposed. Suddenly, a gruff voice yelled "Places everyone! Places! "AC-Tion!!!" I 
woke up. 

It was 10 am. Its The Big Day, I thought sarcastically, the day The Seymores sell out We might 
as well just quit writing music and get a Juicy-Fruit spot while we're at it In a couple months, 
everyone and their grandmas would know us as the poster boys for ugly pants. 

An edgy hour late, Lori pulled up, looking like she just came off the set of Baywatch, not 
Dockers. She was blonde, tan, buxom, and amazingly terse. She said two things to us the entire 
trip. One of them was, "I just moved here from North Dakota." 

At Universal Studios, we met Jan, the costume and make-up assistant She was short bubbly, 
and a complete contrast to her boss, Maria. As Maria walked toward us, clearty she had no time to 
waste. Wordlessly she looked each of us over. She spoke. 

"Who's the singer?" 

We all pointed to Dave. 

"Come with me." Dave followed her into the trailer, and the door slammed shut 

behind him. 

Jan took the rest of us inside a soundstage the size of five football fields. At the opposite end of 
the building were a group of women, one of them waving. These were the ad people, in two 


S L' -M M E R 1 o • 

camps — Dockers staff and their ad company. The creative team from Dockers were all homey- 
looking women with homey-sounding names like Maureen and Sarah. Tonya, the account exec 
from the agency was a bit of a firestarter. She was diminutive, deathly stylish and quick with the 
answers. She told me, laughing, "I have to be the bitch because I have to watch the numbers." 

Tonya gave us a rundown on the story. You remember, Guy spots gorgeous girl in bar. Guy 
gives gorgeous girl the look. Gorgeous girl responds "You wanna dance?" She opens a door and 
leads guy into a dirty bar where a band (clean-cut boys you can barely see) is playing. Gorgeous 
girl triple black flips into a crowd of freaks. Guy falls into the mosh pit and gets thrown around like a 
beachball. On top of a sea of degenerates, he's passed to the stage. Suddenly the music stops. 
Dave says his glorious line, "Nice Pants!" Music again and the commercial ends. 

"So that's why you guys are here. We needed a grunge band," she finished. 

Every time she said "grunge," which we are proud not to be, I cringed. I could tell from the 
loose way she used the word that she knew as much about our music as I knew about Dockers and 

For the next thirty minutes I talked to the advertising people about Dockers. They wanted to 
tweak their image a little. They were not only going to hold onto their clientele of thirtysomething 
yuppies on their day off, they were going to become "cool" enough for twentysomething "gen x- 
ers." So cool, they would getthe instant approval of grunge band singers everywhere. I also 
learned that Dockers's ads have been extremely successful. They've found ways to sell more ugly 
khakis than anybody. 

I made it a point to tell them how annoyed I was with their pants. Every Christmas my mother 
buys me two pairs of Dockers that I never wear for this reason— extra belt loops and flaps on the 
back pockets. They could benefit from someone like me in their focus groups. 

The real question was how much this whole thing cost. Just from the action in the soundstage, 
I could see that it ran like an expensive circus. Production crews walked around restlessly putting 
the set together; the advertising team huddled around monitors checking out the day's shooting; 
two hundred extras waited to be called on; the director and his staff discussed the next shot. 
Lighting guys set up lights, camera men set up cameras, and caterers made meals for everyone. It 
was amazing to think how many hours and paychecks went into this production. All this work for a 
clip that would last about half a minute. 

An hour later we reunited with Dave. He had spent a long afternoon with Maria and he looked 
different. She put him in black. I guess that gave him more of a "rock star" look. And there was 
something peculiar about his face. I looked closer. He had been powdered. I chuckled. He told me 
to shut up. 

After five hours of waiting, the crew was ready to film the sequences with the band and the 
crowdof extras. The set kind of resembled a club, but the extras resembled no one that I'd ever 
see at our shows. These people were dressed for Halloween. One guy actually scared me — he 
wore bondage pants and a green wooly scarf. Dave summed it up nicely, "We look like Reagan 
Youth compared to them." 

"When I say 'Action!,' start playing your gee-tars and rock out!" the director told us. So we did. 
They must have taken ten to fifteen shots with five minutes between them. It was funny how numb 
the extras looked between shots. At "Action!" they slam danced with exuberance. The director 
worked them like a hypnotist. The last couple of shots were Dave delivering his Oscar-winning 
lines. He stumbled a few times at first, and his inflections varied. But after six or seven attempts his 
delivery was so smooth that I was starting to believe he really thought Dockers were nice. 

The shooting finished by 3 am. Our part was over. After a long day, I realized I had no need to 
worry about our artistic integrity. Who would remember the song we played? Who could tell The 
Seymores played it? Most people will think the whole thing was fiction — actors as "the band." 
Some would be stupid enough to believe that Dockers ad people wrote the song in the commercial. 
Whatever. It didn't matter anymore. Our appearance was trivial and almost inessential. If anybody 
gets remembered, it will be Dave. People still harass him with, "Hey, nice pants!"— and they think 
they're being original. 

Three months later I finally saw the clip. I ran the VCR in slow motion, intent. Finally, in the last 
shot, at the bottom left of the screen, I could see me rocking out to our song, selling the world 
"Nice Pants." 

Joe Nio '93BS/B is a songwriter and guitarist for The Seymores, not a grunge band. Their CDs 
are Piedmont and Treat Her Like a Showcat. His day job is with VCU Alumni Activities. 



editor of the Commonwealth Times and 
worked at the campus radio station. "At 
WVCW I learned a lot about music. We 
didn't have much of an audience then, but 
our selection was really diverse." From 
there, after a stint in DC at Washington's 
weekly City Paper, she jumped into music 
publishing in New York in 1992. After a 
successful two years with Spin magazine, 
she joined the arts and entertainment 
weekly Time-Out New York, where she's 
music editor. 

Besides her full-time job, O'Hara has 
just released the third album on her record 
label Enchante, and she publishes her own 
fanzine, Chickfactor, which circulates to 
2500 people about once a year. "It's inter- 
views mostly with bands, and photogra- 
phers, filmmakers — anybody I find inter- 
esting. People write to me from all over the 
world to get the magazine," she adds. 

To O'Hara, the current rock music 
scene seems to be in free fall. "I think it has 
something to do with the end of the mil- 
lennium," she says. "There's a sense that 
everything's been done before. Everyone 
now seems to be mixing together every 
kind of music from the 20th century with 
samples and 'found sounds' and all kinds 
of other crazy elements to try to create 
something new. But ultimately I think a lot 
of what's trendy doesn't leave much in the 
way of real songs, or anything to build on. I 
think the most creative people out there are 
ripping music apart and trying to rebuUd it 
and see what they can come up with." 

Her favorite bands? She admires 
Scotland's BeUe and Sebastian for their 
"really beautiful songs and instrumenta- 
tion. There's also a Japanese fellow called 
Cornelius who has put out one of the most 
exciting records of the year," she says. 
Enchante has so far signed two New York 
City bands — The Pacific Ocean and 
Containe — both spinoffs of Versus, 
recently popular in the college circuit. 

O'Hara followed in at least a few of the 
footsteps of Mark Woodruff '81BA/A— 
who in fact hired O'Hara for her writing 
gig at Spin, where Woodruff was managing 
editor 1991-95. 

Woodruff always wanted a career in 
magazine publishing, and, with a degree in 
art history, he began in San Francisco 
reviewing art and music shows. Eventually, 
he went to New York. Reviewing led to 
feature writing; and he ranged through 

travel, architecture, design photography 
and profiles of all kinds. 

His first editorial job was at Taxi, the 
American edition of an Italian fashion 
magazine. Then he became managing 
editor of Spin. Now Woodruff is an associ- 
ate editor at Rolling Stone, editing feature 
and general interest stories. 

"I'd always been a big fan of music 
rather than a participant," he says. "VCU 
was a hot bed of creativity and experimen- 
tation. In Richmond and in the Fan and 
around school, just about everybody I 
knew was an artist or writer or painter or 
musician. And lots of those people have 
gone on to creative careers." 

"It was a great place to go to school and 
a great moment in time for me." 

Mike Hearst '95BM/A has experience 
on both sides of the instnmient. For years 
he been playing assorted instruments with 
local bands, like punk/pop group Maud 
Gonne (now gone) and currently power- 
pop ANON and Return to Zero — whose 
experimental music with instruments they 
invent has drawn national press. On the 
other side of the window, Hearst opened 
upstart Urban Geek Studios because he saw 
the need for lower cost recording time and 
studio space. 

A testament to the interconnectedness 
of the local music scene and VCU musi- 
cians, Hearst's resume reads like a family 
tree: he went through school with Agents 
of Good Roots' lead man Andrew Winn; 
his basement studio on Southside is across 
from Johnny Hott's home. He's related by 
marriage(s) to many former band 
members. Hearst's stepsister is married to 
John Gottschalk '92BA/H&S, guitarist- 
singer of another pop band, The 
Knievels — whose sister Kelly Gottschalk 
'91BFA is married to Tom Richards of The 
Waking Hours. Hearst works with the guvs 



in Tht Waking Hours, and he rccordi just 

,ib()Ut everybody in town. 

"Most local bands arc just recording 
demos, instead of .spending big bucks at a 
major studio," but until Hearst there 
weren't many studios doing thi.s level of 
recording. "I'm getting a huge overload of 
local bands coming in here. Cx'rtainly 
there's a lot more bands in the world who 
need to record demos than need to record 
full length albums for A&M records." In 
addition to his rock clientele, Hearst is 
doing production and editing for VCU's 
dance department under faculty member 
Robbie Kinter (of the Uulating Mummies). 

"I don't think of Richmond as having 
one particular sound," says Hearst. "In the 
studio I see a litde bit of everything." Urban 
Geek records mainly alternative bands, 
each trying to make their own small mark 
on the gigantic world of music. 

But it was not 
until he toured with 
his various bands 
that Hearst learned 
the true reach of 
some of 

Richmond's most 
famous and 
infamous musi- 
cians. "It seemed 
like everywhere I 
went they asked, 'You're from Richmond? 
Do you know Honor Role? Do you know 
AVAIL? Do you know GWAR?' That's who 
fans are recognizing outside Richmond." 

Just how far-reaching is the hardcore 
rock scene emanating from Richmond? 
"These hardcore and punk bands are going 
out and they aren't playing clubs," he 
explains. "They're touring the under- 
ground circuit — parties and basements of 
houses — tapping out-of-town friends and 
other connections they've made. At this 
point that's almost a more vaJid way of 
getting somewhere in the music world. 
You certainly get a lot more people who 
actually care about your music." He notes 
that AVAIL built a reputation placing base- 
ments aU over the world. 

"An aspect of Richmond is ver\' 
artistic," says Hearst. "VCU being a big cit)- 
art school definitely conglomerates the 
artistic types — and this goes tor students 
and nonstudents who live in the Fan." 

Further knotting the yCU loop, Hearst 
shared the stage with good triend Kendra 

Feather '96BS/MC in Maud Gonrc Rwrn 
before singing in Maud Gonitc, Feariier 
worked f(jr rjnc of the \cr/ ompaniti most 
bands are eternally attempting to woo — 
she was a college rc-p for Sfjny reajrds. 

Feather cbims she never wanted U) be 
in a band, although most of her friends 
played. "I just really enj(;yed masic. 1 loved 
talking alxjut it, 1 rated people by the kind 
of music they liked when I was younger. I 
think everybody does that when they're 
1 8." She edited the entertainment section 
of the Commonwealth Times. 

"Richmond is great," she says. "If you're 
in a band you're on the center of the east 
coast, and you can be a dishwasher and get 
by. That was the main reason I stuck 
around, and now I just love it 

"At VCU I've had awesome experi- 
ences," she says. "I remember going out 
with friends in other bands and at, like, two 

a ^ 


in the morning, going to a practice space 
and just fooling around." 

So it's Monday night again at the 
Moondance Saloon, and the energ)' rises as 
the lights go do\vn on stage. This time it 
might be one of a thousand local bands — 
surely a \'CU alimi among them — 
donning their guitars, their amps 
humming. The fans pile in, the singer 
checks the microphone, and N"CL' students 
e\"er>-\vhere begin to bob their heads in 
the night. 

Dave McCorvmck's band is Bitrerlily. He's 
also beeti guitarist in Fat Man Cheese aiut 
Bisaiit. His VCU eonnection is tlieMFA 
program in Creative Writing, where he's 
working on a degree in fiction writing. 

W'e realize that VCU bands are an infinite 
story' — like the creati\ity ofourgrads ami 
stiidaits. Rock and pop bands alone number 
the stars in that \{oondance sk\' — witiwut 
exen looking for our jazz and classical con- 
stellations. So xvrite in, and tell us what 
you're doing. 


SUMMER 1 •> 9 S 

*Memberofthe VCU Alumni 

1 960s 

'66MFA/A is an associate professor 
at Christopher Newport University 
in Newport News, VA. David is 
planning a sabbatical to work on a 
book on art education and do some 
bronze casting. He lives in 
Williamsburg, VA. 

*William Beville '65BSW was 
awarded Prentice Hall's Top 
Performer Award and Top 
Manuscript Award for 1997. He 
was selected for the third year in a 
row to the Prentice HaU College 
Leadership Council, which is a 
platform for influencing the 
company's future. He lives in 

'71MEd/E has been reappointed 
Commissioner of Virginia's 
Department for the Visually 
Handicapped by Governor lames 
Gilmore. Roy, who is legally blind, 
has held the position since 1995. 
His office provides educational 
services to public school divisions, 
programs for low vision sevices and 
special services for senior citizens 
with impaired vision. 

William Johnson '69BS/B is a 
software developer with Atlantic 
Mutual Companies in Roanoke. 
He is the treasurer of the Blue Ridge 
Chapter of the Society of Chartered 
Property Casualty Underwriters. 
He and his wife, Susan (Bonig) 
'70BS/B live in Salem, VA. 

'78MS/B was elected chair of the 
board of directors of the Easter Seal 
Society of VA. He is chair and CEO 
of Marketing Strategies Inc. in 
Richmond, where he lives. 

*WaUace Saval '66BA/H&S is 
the superintendent of Petersburg 
Public Schools. He lives in 
Petersburg, VA. 

Stewart Shaner Jr. '68BS/B 
is the county administrator for 
Amherst County, VA. He lives in 
Monroe, VA. 

1 970s 

L. Adele Baker '77BS/H&S is a 

partner with the law firm Arter and 
Hadden, LLP, where she specializes 
in medical products liability litiga- 
tion. She was appointed vice chair 
of the Drug and Medical Device 
Committee of the Defense Research 
Institute. She lives in Falls Church, 

Susan Bardolf 72BS/E was 
named manager of Commerce 
Bank's new office in York, PA, 
where she lives. 

Paul Butler '79BS/E is the 
director of training and develop- 
ment for Duracell North Atlantic 
Group. He and his wife Rebecca 
(Newport) '81BFA live with their 
three children in Southbury, CT. 

*Rejena Carreras '70BFA 
'80MAE was honored by the 
Richmond YWCA with a 1998 
Outstanding Woman Award. She is 
the vice president of Carreras, Ltd. 
Jewelers. Rejena is a vice chair of 
VCU's Partners for Progress 
campaign and president of the 
board of TheatreVirginia. She has 
served on the boards of the Arts 
Council, the Hand Workshop and 
the Richmond Ballet. She lives in 

Michael Chapman '79BS/B is 
the director of Regional Affairs 
(Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia) for 
the Office of the Secretary of 
Defense in Washington, DC. He 
lives in Arlington, VA. 

L James D'Agostino 74BS/B 
works for the Government 
Contracts and Exports Compliance 
Group of Reed Smith Shaw & 
McClay, LLP, in McLean, VA. 

Lon Davis '77BFA and 
Jonathan "JC" Wynkoop '89BFA 
are cofounders of Planet Golf, a 
clothing company in Venice, CA. 

Vernon Drinkwater '73BS/E is 
a sales associate at Ray Christiansen 
Realty. He is pursuing a teaching 
certificate at Old Dominion 
University. He lives in Virginia 

James Filler '77BSW graduated 
from the University of North 
Carolina, Charlotte in December 
1997, with an MS in Nursing. He 
teaches community health nursing 
at UNC, Charlotte. He lives in 
Belmont, NC. 

*David Green '79BFA is a sales 
associate with Hutchins Imports. 
He lives in Springfield, OR. 

Eliska Morsel Greenspoon 
'70BFA is a photography instructor 
at the Fine Arts Center in 
Greenville, SC. She lives in Omaha, 

James Gregory '71BFA was 
interviewed on CNN last fall about 
his revolutionary study on the 
effects of advertising and PR on the 
value of companies. His book on 
the subject is La'eraging the 
Corporate Brand. 

vice president with the law firm 
LeClair Ryan. He was nominated as 
chair of the House of Delegates of 
the American Bar Association. He 
lives in Richmond. 

Brownie Harris '71 BFA 
married Christine Kirby on April 
27, 1996. They announced the birth 
of their first child, Sarah Virginia, 
born on May 27, 1997. Brownie is 
a nationally known corporate and 
advertising photographer for 
America's Fortune 500 Companies. 
He is also one of the photographers 
for The Stock Market Worldwide, 
a photo agency in New York that 
markets photography in 35 
countries. After 23 years in New 
York, Brownie now lives in 
Wilmington, NC. 

Deborah Harrison Jarrett 
'73BFA '76MEd is a counselor with 
Rockbridge County Schools. She 
lives in Lexington, VA. 

*Steve Hodges '74BFA is the 
president of Steve Hodges 
Associates, in Lexington, NC, where 
he lives. 

James Hoover '75MEd earned 
a doctorate in education from 
Virginia Tech in 1997. He is 

division superintendent of 
Gloucester County Public Schools. 
He lives in Kilmarnock, VA. 

CUfford Leftwich '71BS/MC 
was named technology and systems 
coordinator with the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch. He lives in 

Michael Lowery '77BS/B is 
director of credit and commercial 
services for the American Water 
Heater Company in Johnson City, 
TN, where he lives. 

*S. Barry Lubman'72BFA 
'81MS/B is vice president of Dynex 
Commercial, Inc. in Glen Allen, 
VA. He lives in Richmond. 

Minda Lynch '75BS '79MS 
'83PhD/H8{S is an extramural 
science administrator with the 
National Institute on Drug Abuse. 
She and her family live in 
Montgomery Village, MD. 

Mamie Woo McNeal 
'74BS/H8cS is the owner of Lang's 
Typing Service. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Clarence Mills '74BS/B is vice 
president, director of frozen foods 
for Atlas Marketing Company, Inc. 
He lives in Richmond. 

"^Thomas Mountcastle '75AS 
'81BS/B was awarded the first 
Thomas 1. Bliley Sr., Board Member 
of the Year Award, by the Virginia 
Home for Boys. Thomas has served 
on the Board of Governors since 
1 99 L He is the president of Halifax 
Technology Services, Co, in 
Richmond, where he lives. 

John Parrish '77MS 
'80PhD/H&S is the director of 
psychology at Children's Seashore 
House in Philadelphia, PA. lohn 
is a contributing author for the 
fourth edition of Children With 
Disabilities, a major disabilities 
reference. He lives in Olney, MD. 

William Rawlings III '76BS/E 
is a middle school math teacher in 
Colonial Heights, VA. He is also an 
associate pastor at Highland United 
Methodist Church in Colonial 
Heights, where he lives. 

Catherine Saunders '76BSW 
'82MS(G)/AH is a realtor with 
Bowers, Nelms and Fonville, Inc. 
She is also a coordinator for the 
BNF Smart Moves Passport 
Program, which helps adults who 


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w.iiil lo choose a new living cnvi- 
ronnicnl. ( lathy has hecn appointed 
to the Stale lioaiil of Medical 
Assistance Services. She lives in 

♦Keith Stroheckcr '75BS/B is a 
managing shareholder with Shore & 
Azimov, I'c; in Richmond. He lives 
in Midlothian, YA. 

Alice Tousignant '79MSW is 
the executive director ol SUO 
1 lousing ol Richmond Inc., a 
private non-profit community 
development corporation that 
builds and manages single-room 
occupancy facilities for homeless 
adults. She lives in Richmond. 

William Trenchard '74MS/B 
was promoted lo prolessor ol 
accounting at Catawba College. He 
aLso received the Swink Prize for 
Outstanding Classroom Teaching. 
He lives in Winston Salem, NC. 

attorney with the Beverly Hills 
entertainment law firm of Heenan 
Blaikie. He focuses his practice in 
radio, television, film and location- 
based entertainment, and copyright 
and trademark law. He lives in 
Santa Monica, CA. 

EUen (Glass) Vest '79BA/H&S 
is a firefighter/paramedic for the 
City of Newport News. She lives in 
Deltaville, VA. 

Lawrence Whitener '75BS/H&S 

Dffiiiitclr the fanciest grille at the 

is a personnel manager at Wal-Mart 
in Alexandria, VA. He was elected 
director of a million-dollar home- 
owners association. Lawrence is the 
coach of the Mount Vernon 
Wrestling Club and an umpire for 
the American Softball Association. 
He lives in Springfield, VA. 

David Yu '74BS/B represented 
Atlanta's Asian-American commu- 
nity in the 19% Olympic Torch 

1 980s 


assistant professor of English, 
received Illinois College's top award 
for faculty excellence. He lives in 
Jacksonville, II,. 

Hunter Athey'89BFA is an 
animator for Blue Sky-VIFX in Los 
Angeles. He has received credit for 
special effects in the movies Titanic 
and Fnce/Off. He lives in Playa del 

♦Sean Athey'83BS/B is vice 
president of marketing for BABN 
Technologies, an international 
producer of instant lottery tickets. 
He lives in Flower)' Branch, GA. 

George "Bill" Bailey '89MBA is 
the director of economic develop- 
ment for Prince George County. He 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Robert Baird '83BS/B, after 
selling over $100 million in new 
homes over the past ten years, has 
taken the new home sales manager 
position at Bowers, Nelms and 
Fonville. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

Glen Banks '85BS/B is a com- 
puter specialist for the IRS. He lives 
in Richmond. 


What better way to celebrate VCU's 
new School of Engineering than in 
the inidstofthe classic engineering 
of antique cars? Governor George 
Allen (below left) joined Dean Henry 
McGee, engineering students and 
their parents, faculty, trustees and 
President Eugene Trani at 
Strawberry Hill on March 27 for the 
"Car-B-Q." High school seniors 
considering VCU Engineering and 
their parents met the faculty, 
learned more about the School, and 
checked out historic automotive 
innovations over another Virginia 
classic — barbecue. 

Dr. Robert Mottaiich, ehiiir 

of electrical engineering ( rii;/ir ) 

considers options witli Joel Passniore 

and his father, Steve. 

Wayne Nesbil (left), president of While Oak Semiconductor, found:' 
School of lingineering and Robert Skiinda, president and CEO ofVirginui 

Biotech Research Park enjoy the fan. 

Dr. Gerald Miller, chair of biomedical engineering talks ivitli prospctT.:: c siudcr.i. 

.\ car with dash liesen-es a closer loi.^k. 

Governor deorgc .Allen wetcotjies 


S I" M M E R 1 9 9 S 

1997. Bruce is a children's minister 
at Tikvat Israel Messianic 
Congregation. He is also a life 
insurance agent for American 
General Life in Richmond. The 
couple lives in Hopewell, VA. 

Mike Caraballo '87BS/B is vice 
president of Wachovia Bank, N.A. 
in Winston-Salem, NC, where he 

Stephen Cunningham '85BA 
'91MPA/H&S married Lisa Biggs 
on May 10, 1997. Stephen is a 
summer playgrounds program 
coordinator for the City of 
Charlottesville. He is also a substi- 
tute teacher. The couple lives in 

Susan Curtis-Rivers '81BFA 
is an assistant professor at North- 
western University. She lives in 
Glen view, IL 

James Daniels '85BS/B is a 
senior programmer analyst at VCU. 
He lives in Ruther Glen, VA. 

Collins Denny '87BS/B married 
Mary Webster on October 1 1 , 1997. 
Collins is a consukant with 
Broughton Systems, Inc. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Anthony Earles '85BS 
'87MS/H&S was promoted to 
tourism development manager for 
the City of Portsmouth Convention 
and Visitors Bureau. Tony lives in 
Portsmouth, VA. 

Deen Entsminger '80MM is an 
associate professor of music at 
Belmont University in Nashville. 
He has been teaching there for 10 
years, and has 19 choral composi- 
tions published by Plymouth Music 
Company. Deen received the 
Sinfonian Award for excellence in 
teaching in spring 1997. Deen and 
his family live in Nolensville, TN. 

Raymund Favis '88BS/H&S 
'92DDS has his general dentistry 
practice in McLean, VA, where he 
lives. Raymund welcomes email at 

Graphic Experience. WJien VCU 
design student Brian Butler needed 
an independent study project, he 
decided that starting his own business 
was just the thing. He found a niche 
and a partner at an internship. "I 
wanted to create a one-stop location 
where a client could get quality 
graphic design and output services." 
With fellow design student Jeff 
Applegate and Gary Lindsay '9IBS/B, Butler opened Graphics Lab in October, 
1 996. They grossed $250,000 their first year. This year they grossed $210,000 in 
their first four months at their new office in downtown Richmond. "We couldn't 
have done it without the background VCU gave us!" Clockwise from back left, 
the team is Lindsay, Applegate (both standing), Butler, Greg Kirsch 
'96BA/H&S and student Chris Smith (sitting). 

Lydia Barrett '87BS/MC was 

promoted to vice president in 
charge of marketing at CHA 
Relocation Management, Inc. 
Her new position will draw on 
her experience in marketing and 
public relations, specializing in 
professional service firms. She lives 
in Oakland, CA. 

Donnie Batchelor '89BS/B is a 
bachelor no longer. He married 
Stacie Buriok on August 2, 1997. 
Donnie is an account manager with 
John Deere Insurance. The couple 
lives in Stafford, VA. 

*Robin Beale '88BS/H8tS 
married Terry Privette on July 5, 
1997. The couple lives in Rocky 
Mount, NC. 

David Birch '83BS/B is caU 
center operations manager for 
USAA Property Casualty Insurance 
in Norfolk, VA. He lives in Virginia 

Lenzie "Jack" Boswell III 
'80BS/B is divisional sales manager 
for ECR Pharmaceuticals. He lives 
in Greensboro, NC. 

Stephen "Brad" Burke '87BS/B 
owns Schalow Manufacturing 
Company in Powhatan, VA. He and 
his wife Suzanne '91MBA live in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Jeffrey Burt '80BFA is an art 
director with Clayton Quorum, 
Inc., in Wilmington, DE, where he 

Bruce Campbell '87BA/H&S 
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compensation consultant in the 
Human Resources Department of 
Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She 
lives in Richmond. 

Stephen Fox '86BS/H&S is 
senior project manager for Capital 
One. He lives in Mechanicsville, 

Matthew Frame '89BS/B is a 
senior information consultant with 
Reynolds Metals Company. He lives 
in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Loma Gaskins '89BFA is an 
agency marketing manager with 
Southern Progress Corp. She lives 
in Birmingham, AL. 

*Judith Giannini '80BFA has 
had her own business for the past 
ten years. She markets photography 
services to advertising agencies, 
graphic design firms, publications 
and corporations. Two of her 
photographs were on exhibit at the 
ArtScene Gallery in Washington. 
She lives in McLean, VA. 

*Lisa (Miller) Gilmour '87BFA 
married David Gilmour in July 
1997. She is a designer and partner 
of Big Fish Design in Moss Beach, 
CA. She lives in Montara, CA. 

Elizabeth Graham '83BS 
'89MS/H8;S married Robert Zucker 
Ir. on December 20, 1997. The 
couple lives in Raleigh, NC. 

Lucy Grain '81MSW is the 
school social worker for Surry 
Public Schools. She serves as truant 
officer, attendance coordinator, 
violence prevention coordinator 
and crisis management coordinator 
for the school system. She lives in 
Surry, VA. 

Jeff Green '89BS '95MS/H8cS 
is a special agent with the FBI. He 
lives in Williamstown, NJ. 

Brad Greenquist '83BFA is an 
actor. He has appeared in feature 
fdms, TV movies and series 
episodes, interactive computer 
games and TV commercials. He 
lives in Santa Monica, CA. 

Terri Hale '83BS/B is the 
director of Administration for 
King William County. She lives in 
Urbana, VA. 

Susan Higginbotham 
'8IBA/H&S graduated ft-om 
Campbell University School of Law 
in May 1997. She has opened her 
own practice with offices in Snaford 
and Apex, NC, where she lives 

Renee Jackson '83BFA earned a 
Commonweahh Fellowship, which 
is awarded to outstanding minority 
students by the Virginia Council of 
Higher Education. She is pursuing a 
PhD at Virginia Tech. She lives in 
Blacksburg, VA. 

Alfred James '88BFA married 
Carolyn White on September 20, 
1997. Alfred works at Lowes 
Hardware and is self-employed as a 
decorator. He is also in the Army 
Reserves. The couple lives in 

Thomas James '86BS/B is the 
manager of program analysis in the 
vector research division of Analysis 
and Technology, Inc. He lives in 
McLean, VA. 

senior distribution manager with 
Nabisco, Inc. He lives in Aurora, 

Kelly Jones Fisk '85BS/MC is 
the telemedicine technical manager 
for VCU/MCV Campus Telemed- 
icine. She lives in Richmond. 

Christa KirchscJilager 
'88BS/H8(S is an investigator with 
US Investigation Services, Inc. She 
married Scott Brittell in May, 1998. 
The couple lives in Dallas, TX. 

Kenneth Kochey '88BS/MC is a 
freelance travel photographer. His 
work has appeared nationally in 
Teen, YM, Martha Stewart Living, 
Travel and Leisure, and on the cover 
of the July 1997 issue of Money 
magazine. He lives in New York 

Lisa (Hudson) Larson 
'89BS/MC is an account executive 
for Sun-Sentinel Company in 
Deerfield Beach, FL. She lives in 
Boca Raton, FL. 

Angela Lewis '86BS/H&S 
is a computer specialist with 
Uniformed Services University of 
the Health Sciences in Maryland, 
where she lives. 

M. Page Miller '88BFA is a 
digital design manager with The 
Kamber Group in Washington, DC. 
She lives in Arlington, VA. 

William Nieding '87BS/H8cS is 
a captain in the U.S. Army. He lives 
in Charleston, SC. 

David Nunnally '86BS/B is the 
president of Mac Brand Foods, Inc. 
He lives in Richmond. 

Diana Plasberg '83BFA is a 
graphic designer for the Common- 
wealth of Virginia. She lives in 

Stephen Pruitt '89BS/B is an 
internal audit manager with Owens 
and Minor, Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. 
Stephen and his wife Tricia cele- 
brated the birth of their son Trevor 
Matthew on December 26, 1997. 
The Pruitts live in Richmond. 

J. Scott Punk '85BS/MC is the 
senior manager of The Pro Marc 
Agency. He is serving his second 
term on the Board of Directors of 




Anita M. josey-Herring '82 BA/I I&S 

the Public Relations Society of 
America-National Capital Chapter. 
He lives in Washington. 

Thomas "Garrett" Oglesby 
'84BS/B married Barbara lo Neal 
on August 23, 1997. Garrett is a 
premed student at Richard Bland 
College. The couple lives in 

Don "Don-0" Owen '84BS/B is 
a program manager for Iquest 
Solutions. He lives in Glenelg, MD. 

Elizabeth Quale '84BS/H&S is 
a medical physicist with the Maine 
Medical Center in Portland, ME. 
She was certified by the American 
Board of Radiological Physics in 
June 1998. Elizabeth, her husband 
Rick Wilson and daughter Mariah 
live in Windham, ME. 

Marita Rea '81BMAE married 
Charles Umphlette, Ir. on May 10, 
1997. Marita works for the Cit)' of 
Chesapeake. The couple lives in 
Suffolk, VA. 

*Lynne (Danker) Ricker 
'81BS/E is a high school teacher at 
New Life Christian Academy in 
Farmville, VA, where she lives. 

*Ainy Satterthwaite '85BS/MC 
is the editor of the Weekemier 
Magazine of The Free Lance-Stnr. 
She is the mother of two small 
children, Eva, 5, and Charlie, 2. 
The)' live in Fredericksburg, \'A. 

*Thomas Silvestri '86MBA was 
named director of news sraergy 
and newsbank editor for Media 
General, Inc. He lives in Richmond. 

Cynthia Sizer '89BS/B 
married David Holland on 
October 11, 1997. Cynthia works 
for Commonwealth Bank. The 
couple lives in Bon Air, VA. 


"But you're .so young!" It's a comment Anita M. )osey- 
Herring, Superior Court judge for the District of 
(Columbia, hears often. Meeting Her Honor immediate- 
ly refutes any stereotypes her title may evoke. At 37, she 
seems young for such a distinguished position, but her 
experience — and presence — more than confirm her 

"Age and gender," she notes, "have nothing to do 
with the business of law. What does matter," she insists, 
"is commitment. To have unwavering faith in our 
judicial system and the desire to use it to uphold and 
repair the fabric of our society." Josey-Herring has kept 
that faith since her first days at VCU. 

Wanting the full college experience of living away 
from home, "but not too far away," Josey-Herring left 
Portsmouth to enroll at VCU through Upward Bound, 
a preparatory program to help students assimilate suc- 
cessfully into college. VCU gave her a strong educa- 
tional and social base. "My experience at the university 
was wonderful!" she remembers. "It was hard work — 
challenging but rewarding. It was also the most fun 
period in my life. I made lifelong friends at VCU, 
people I met from the very first semester." 

Though she did well at VCU, Josey-Herring took a 
break after graduation and worked in Washington for a 
year, using the time to focus inwardly and re\'iexv her 
career goals. Her interest in the law never lessened, and 
she earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown 
University Law Center in 1987. 

Josey-Herring credits her family and mentors with 
providing unwavering support and the spiritual base for 
her success. With their love and guidance, "My faith," 
she explains, "bolstered my confidence and determina- 
tion. Growing up, I beJieved I couJd accompJish 

And so far, she has. 

A member of the Legal Ethics Idir Journal while 
attending Georgetown, Josey-Herring worked as a para- 
JegaJ speciaJist for the U.S. Department of Labor in 
1984-85. And then in the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. 
Department of Energy. After graduating from 
Georgetown, she held a clerkship with the Honorable 
Herbert B. DLxon Jr. of the Superior Court, concentrat- 
ing on civiJ Jaw issues — contract disputes, family law 
and landlord/tenant disputes. She later ioined the 
District of Columbia Public Defender Ser\ice as a staff 
attorney where she handled juvenile offenders, misde- 
meanor and felony cases. She became Acting Director 
in 1997, supenising the Investigations DiWsions, the 
Prisoner Rights Program and the Criminal lustice Act 

In the April issue oi Ebony magazine, she talked 
about this time in her life. "Because people's lives liter- 
ally depended on how well 1 was prepared, 1 worked 
14-hour days, sLx days a week.. 1 didn't feel like I could 
afford to give any time to a relationship." That's the 
kind of judgement to make on a case by case basis. 
She married Albert Herring, prosecutor for the U.S. 
Attorne;''s Office for the District of Columbia on 
June 22,' 1997. 

Josey-Herring's appointment as Aiiociate Judge of 
the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on 
January 16, 1998 marks the culmination of years of 
study and hard work, but she doesn't rest on her 
laurels. Her determination and commitment drive her 
to contribute beyond the bench. A frequent guot 
lecturer at the Georgetown I^w Center, the 
Washington College of Law and American University, 
she's also held a faculty position at Howard Law 
School's Trial Advocacy Workshop for the past three 

She served on the Superior Court's Domestic 
Violence Task Force on Families and Violence and co- 
chaired the Treatment Subcommittee, developing 
programs for children and other siaims of domestic 

"My work," she explains, "has put me in direct 
contact with adult and juvenile offenders. So many 
come from dysfunctional, financially destitute families. 
They have very little support or hope for their potential 
or futures. My experience, especially in the juvenile 
court system, shows how easily that kind of background 
and poor educational opportunity makes people siil- 
nerable to involvement in crime and anti-social 

She quotes the African adage, "'It takes a xillage to 
raise a child.' It is in our society's best interest to protect 
and care for our youth. Parents alone are not enough, 
since often the parents of people in the criminal justice 
system need help themselves. It is imperative for the 
commimit)' to pull together to offer children a safe, 
motivational en\ironment through mentorship and 
other programs. " Josey-Herring beUeves that eariy, 
positive attention to young children thwarts future 
anti-social beha\ior. "By the time a person stands in 
fi-ont of me in court, it is almost, and often, too late. It 
is ven' difficult to turn them around without a tremen- 
dous investment of support and resources." 

Josey-Herring reminds volimteers that it doesn't 
take money, "just a willingness to share your time and 
skills." As a member of the Greater Washington Area 
Chapter, \Vomen Lawyers" Diusion of the National Bar 
Association, she mentors fourth- and fifth-grade girls at 
Malcom X Elementary School in Washington. G\\'AC 
members tutor students and arrange field trips like 
their recent tour of the White House, which included a 
\isit to the Oval Office. Josey-Herring explains, "Our 
goal is to sharpen their academic skills and expand their 
perceptions of the world aroimd them by encouraging 
them to reach beyond accepted limitations. 

"\\'hen we recognize the problems our children face 
and help them to help themselves, we insure our 
society's future." She continues, "There is no limit to 
what a child can accomplish, given the proper support 
and encouragement." 

Josey-Herring need look no further than the mirror 
for just such an example. 

F. Marie Johnson is a Richmond freelance wnter 
who mentors her two smis, Eddie and Miles. 


S U M -M E R 

David Stansbury '80BS/B was 

on a SLX-month deployment aboard 
the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. 
Tiie sliip participated in Operation 
Soutliern Watch in the Arabian 
Gulf, enforcing UN sanctions levied 
against Iraq after the Gulf War 
in 1991. 

C. WilUam Stipe III '851V1BA is 
the vice president of engineering 
with ACSI. He lives in Abingdon, 

Pamela (Sherron) Targett 
'83BS/H&S '86MEd is a program 
manager for Employment Services 
at VCU's Rehabilitation Research 
and Training Center. She lives in 
Glen Allen, VA. 

*A. Troy Thomas '86BS/MC is 
the president/owner of Inertia 
Films and Video, Inc. He has been 
to Uganda, Africa twice over the 
past year shooting a promotional 
video for Shalom Outreach, a 
Washington DC based ministry. He 
lives in Atlanta, GA. 

Derrick Washington '88BS/B 
is senior personnel management 
specialist with the Administrative 
Office of the U.S. Courts Human 
Resource Division. He lives in Lake 
Ridge, VA. 

David WeUs'83BS/H&S 
graduated from Virginia Tech 
with a Master of Public Adminis- 
tration. He is a sergeant and field 
training administrator with the 

Roanoke County Police. He lives 
in Salem, VA. 

Brian Workman '83BS/B is a 
sales representative for Southern 
Tile Distributors. He lives in Short 
Pump, VA. 

♦Don Workman '82BS/H8{S 
is assistant vice president of opera- 
tions improvement with Columbia/ 
HCA Healthcare Corporation. He 
lives in Nashville, TN. 

1 990s 

Kim Adams '94BFA is a free- 
lancer, specializing in internet 
design and programming. She lives 
in Aurora, CO. 

Janet Alvarez 'gOBS/H&S is the 
president of Educom Corporation. 
She earned a doctoral degree in 
marketing from the University of 
Sarasota. lanet is also a professor of 
mass communication at the 
University of Puerto Rico and a 
second lieutenant in the US Army. 
She lives in Rio Piedras, PR 

Jeffrey Amemick '91BS/MC is 
a news photographer for WXII TV- 
12 in Winston-Salem, NC, where 
he lives. 

James Andre '98MT/E is 
teaching training sessions at Philip 
Morris. But Video Fans can still get 
his e.xpert advice on film piks on 
weekends at the video store in 
Richmond's Fan. 

David Appelt '95 BFA married 
Sarah lennings on October 11, 
1997. David works for Mark Trece 
Inc. The couple lives in Richmond. 

Claudia Arnold Brookman 
'93MT/E would like classmates to 
know that she is still married and 
still using the same last name as 
"my wonderful husband," Scott 
Brookman '90MA/H&S. We mis- 
takenly named her Claudia Arnold 
in our last update. 

*Suzette Arrington '97MSW 
married Welton Williams jr. on 
August 3, 1996. The couple lives in 

Chris Ashman'93BS 
'97MS/H&S married Sandy 
Ashman'97BS/P on October 6, 
1996. Chris is working on a PhD in 
physics at VCU. Sandy is working at 
a pharmacy in Petersburg affiliated 
with the Hiram Davis Medical 

Patrick Baillie '90MS/H8tS is a 
psychologist with Calgary Regional 
Health Authority. He lives in 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Jonatlian Bartee '96BS/MC is a 
computer analyst for Nations Bank. 
He is pursuing Microsoft certified 
systems engineer credentials. Lorie 
Menk Bartee '96BS/H&S graduated 
from the University of Virginia with 
a MEd in May 1998. The Bartees 
live in Richmond. 

"I greatly enjoyed the Friday night 

Ginter House reception, " wrote one 

ahinma, and Class Agent Kay Brown 

'58BS/E and Bill Gravett '58BS/B 

seem to agree. 

"Particularly liked seeing the 'new 

RPI-VCU' — what growth and 

progress! Phenomenal'." The "new" 

university was a big topic for Class 

.Agent Jock Amos and fellow '68BFAs 

Susan Vatighan Brown and Sonny 

Bowyer, and Carol Negus '63BFA. 

Jennifer Barton '94BFA is in 

graduate school at Colorado State 
University. She lives in Fort Collins, 

*Diana (Gross) Bendall '95BS 
'97MS/B married Thomas Bendall 
Ir. on August 23,1997. Diana works 
for the Defense General Supply 
Center. The couple lives in 
Disputanta, VA. 

Carolyn Booberg '93MT/E 
married Michael Martin on 
October 11, 1997. Carolyn teaches 
at Evergreen Elementary School. 
Michael is pursuing a business 
degree at VCU. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

♦Michelle Boggs '97BA/A is a 
sales manager for S&K Famous 
Brand Menswear. She lives in Little 
River, SC. 

Edward Boyce III '91BA/H8{S 
is the circulation librarian at 
William Smith Morton Library at 
Union Theological Seminary. He 
lives in Richmond. 

Jennifer (Block) Bradner '92BS 
'97MA/H8fS married Peter 
Bradner '88BA/H&S on May 17, 
1997. Jennifer is an adjunct English 
professor and supplemental 
instruction supervisor at VCU. She 
also does freelance production 
work for television commercials. 
She has spent several years as a pro- 
fessional actress touring with 
Children's Theater Companies and 

"Reunion was fantastic!" The 
fantastic four are Dawn Alston 
'87BS/MC, Al Wliitaker, Rodney 
Brown '88BS/B and Kevin Smith 
'86BS/B at the African American 
Alumni Council Dance. 


[iciriiriiiing ,il Miniiiicr lliuatcrs, 
inckuling the ( ltc;U American 
People Sh(}W in Illinois and The 
l.iisl Colony in Manlco, N(i. The 
Brailners live in Richmond. 

Paula Brewster '96BSW 
married Thomas Harrington on 
lune 29, 1997. The couple lives in 
Sumnierduck, VA. 

Laura (Keever) Brimberry 
'94MSW is a clinical social worker 
with (^arolinas Healthcare System 
in Cliarlotte, NC^, where she lives. 

Beverly Bristow '96MT/E is a 
special education teacher for the 
Middlesex Public School System. 
She lives in Wake, VA. 

♦Oliver J. Brotski '92BGS is an 
information broker with Kxpertlnfo 
in New York City, where he lives. 

Adrian "Scott" Brown '92BS/B 
married Ha Iran '90BS/B on 
September 20, 1997. Both Scott and 
Ha work for Computer Sciences 
Corporation. The couple lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Lisa (Climer) Brown '94MSW 
married Stephen Brown on June 7, 
1997. Lisa works for the Tri-Area 
Foster Families. The couple lives in 
Troy, VA. 

Jennifer "J.B." Bryan 
'92MS/MC is the president of J.B. 
Bryan Financial Group, Inc. She 
teaches classes at Virginia JJnion 
University and serves on the board 
of the Greater Richmond Chamber 

of Commerce. She is also the finan- 
cial analyst for WRIC-Channel S. 
She lives in Washington, IJC. 

Chad Cameron '94BFA showed 
his vvork at the Society ol 
Illustrators in New York (.'My in 
April. The exhibit was a juried com- 
petition sponsored by RSVP, the 
directory of illustration. He is illus- 
trating a children's book, Witchie's 
Tiirui'd-Arouiul House, Image 
Press — and did the cover for this 
issue. He lives in Atlanta, (iA. 

Carrie Cantrell '95BA/H&S is 
publications coordinator at the 
Science Mu.seum of Virginia. She 
lives in Richmond. 

Sherry Catron '96BA/H&S is 
assistant director of the Annual 
Fund at Old Dominion University. 
She lives in Yorktown. 

Barbara Cavalier '95MEd was 
appointed an assistant principal at 
Garfield High School. She lives in 
Stafford, VA. 

Paula Champa '97MFA/H&S 
has left her magazine staff writing 
job — as well as her stomach ulcer, 
her debt, her car, her health insur- 
ance and most of her savings. On 
balance, for her, simpler is better, 
and gives her time for creative 

Regis Chapman '91PhD/H&S 
has gone to Albania as a representa- 
tive of the U.S. Department of the 
Treasury. He is working with 

Albania's Ministry of Finance in 

Tirana as resident budget advivjr. 

married Gregory hversmcycron 
September 27, 1997. Amy is a treat- 
ment specialist at St. Joseph's Villa. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Ed Christina '95BA/H&S, 
formerly project coordinator with 
Management Recruiters 
International of Richmond, has 
been promoted to account execu- 
tive. He and his wife Elena live in 
Richmond's West End. 

'Barbara Clark-Maddox 
'95MPA/H&S IS an agency manage- 
ment-lead analyst in the budget 
office at George Mason University. 
She lives in Springfield, VA, with 
her husband Michael and two 
daughters, Winona and Shannon. 

Douglas Clarke '90BA/H&S 
was the Grand Prize winner of a 
trip to Turkey for two in a Food 
and Wine magazine contest. Look 
for his winning recipe and picture 
in the spring issue. He lives in 
Dania, FL. 

♦Susan Coffey '9 IBS/Bis 
director of operations for .Medical 
Management Resources, Inc. She 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

Amy Compher-Willet '92BFA 
is a middle school teacher in the 
Charles Count)' Public Schools. She 
also teaches stained glass classes for 
adults. Amv was the Maniand Art 

Education AHOciation'* OuUtand- 
ing An Tcachtr for 1997. She h 
studying for an MFA in Art 
Fxlucation .:' ute 

University. iakonu 

Park, Si[). 

Jama Cox HI '97BS/H&S ii » 
junior (tanner with Harris 
Financial. He lives in Richmond. 

)ohn Crawford '96BFA '97BFA 
teaches theater and speech at 
Archbishop Alter High School in 
Kellcring, OH. He lives in Dayton. 

Siuan Creecy '9 1 BS/MC is now 
a senior associate at Goldman and 
Associates in Norfolk. She lives in 
Portsmouth, VA. 

BUI Crowder '98BGS/^f^S is a 
training consultant at Trigon Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield. He received the 
Milton L. Randolph Sr. Award for 
outstanding volunteer service to the 
Friends .Association for Children. 
John lives in Richmond. 

Rosalyn Dance '94MPA/H&S 
is the mayor of Petersburg, \'.\, 
where she lives. She is also on the 
Board of Direaors for John Tyler 
Community College, Inc. 

Brian Da\is '92BS/H&S is staff 
coordinator with the Fairfax 
Count)' Office of Comprehensive 
Planning. He lives in Washington. 

Jennings Dawson '95BS/B 
married Bobbii Tucker '95BS/N on 
May 17, 1997. Jennings is a tax 
associate with EDO Seidman, LLP. 

Wliile parents caught up witli class- 
mutes, future alumni learned their 
ivay around the Commons Plaza at 
the AAAC Picnic 

"Reunion \uu frictuUy and eleganL' 
Suital'h. Kathleen BuUard '4IBFA 
wore a li.ippv smile and a gorgeous 
hat to the Gclden Cirde Breakfast. 


Class Agent Elizabeth Howard 

Schmidt '48BFA enjoys a warm 

moment ivith Lucille Anderson 

Baber '39BS(MT)/AH at the 

Golden Circle Breakfasl tor 

alumni of 50 years and more. 

"I had a blast!' 

Fiiui li A Biii 

Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger '86MD '87PhD/M 


It has been 80 years since the infamous "Spanish" Influenza virus swept the 
globe killing millions of people, and for 80 years researchers have been 
searching for answers to why it was so deadly. Lately, Dr. Jeffery 
Taubenberger, working from a lab in the Walter Reed medical complex in Washington, has made international 
headlines for coming ever closer to finding the answer. 

The Spanish Flu, as it came to be called, remains a hazy thing in our collective memory — in fact it's sometimes 
called the "forgotten epidemic." A strange blank, considering the consequences: globally, 21 million people are 
known to have died in the fall of 1918; by some estimates the number is closer to 40 million. In America alone, 
675,000 died; and of the 100,000 soldiers who were killed in the war, nearly half succumbed to the flu. But now, 
with world populations exploding and new fears of the spread of infectious diseases making headlines, there is a 
resurgence of interest in trying to head off pandemics, and scientists believe that unlocking the mystery of the 1918 
virus might provide the means. 

"Here was a virus that in about a year's time spread all over the world," says Taubenberger, now chief of the 
Division of Molecular Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, or AFIP. "Practically everybody who 
was alive in 1918 was exposed to this virus, and close to a third of the world's population was made sick by it. It was 
just a nightmare, probably the worst natural disaster that ever occurred." 

According to Taubenberger, influenza pandemics occur with surprising regularity — historically, every twenty to 
thirty years. Since the 1918 flu there have been two major pandemics: the Asian flu of 1957, which killed 70,000 
Americans, and the 1968 Hong Kong flu, which took 34,000 lives. Taubenberger notes that last date. "The last one 
was exactly 30 years ago. In essence, we're due for another." 

At VCU, Taubenberger trained as a developmental immunologist, working with Dr. lack Haar in the 
Department of Anatomy. He completed his residency in anatomic pathology at the National Cancer Institute and 
took a staff position there before moving to the AFIP. 

He has developed a reputation for his expertise at extracting genetic information from preserved tissue samples. 
To learn something about the Spanish Flu, he first turned to the AFIP's National Tissue Repository, established by 
the Surgeon General under Abraham Lincoln to study battlefield diseases during the Civil War. It has been opera- 
tional ever since. 

Taubenberger knew that if he could find preserved samples of the 1918 virus, he could reconstruct a map of its 
genetic structure using recovered bits of RNA. But the task proved harder than one might imagine, considering the 
prevalence of the disease. Of the more than 70 autopsy samples that turned up from the 1918 pandemic, only two 
yielded enough RNA to begin the process. 

Once Taubenberger is able to construct a genetic map of the 1918 virus from one of the infected lung samples, he'll 
compare and contrast them to other flu autopsy samples. The idea is not only to show their similarities — that they 
really are the 1918 virus in question — but to study their differences and variations. "We want to see how these 
pandemic viruses mutated from the norm," says Taubenberger. "Using mulfiple samples we can see if there are varia- 
tions. If we can find something that's unique to the 1918 flu, then that might give us clues as to why it was so deadly." 

With only two positive samples from the National Tissue Repository, Taubenberger was forced to look elsewhere 
for more infected tissue. His search led him far from home, to the frozen tundra of a tiny town called Brevig Mission, 
Alaska, where in 1918, the Spanish Flu wiped out 85 percent of the population in a week. There, he was able to 
exhume lung tissue samples from a corpse preserved in the permafrost. 

Taubenberger's research made international headhnes when it was pubhshed in the journal Science last March. 
He spoke with National Public Radio and the Jim Lerher News Hour, and his research has been followed by Time, 
the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. This February, the Science article won the Benjamin 
Castleman Award for the best paper in human pathology from the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology. He 
also received the 1997 lohn Hill Brinton Award from the AFIP. 

Within two years Taubenberger hopes to have complete genetic maps of the 1918 virus. "These tissues are 80 
years old," he says. "Some fragments of RNA are only 150 bases long. A complete gene may be a couple thousand 
bases." Taubenberger and his team must stitch together these little pieces in order to make the genetic "maps." "It's 
painstakingly slow, tedious work," he says, "like constructing a mosaic one tiny piece at a time." 

And to hear him talk about it, there's nothing he'd rather be doing. 

Dave McCormack is a Richmond freelance writer who is finishing an MFA in Creative Writing at VCU. 

The couple lives in Mechanicsville, 

Angel Deem '94BS/H&S 
married Bryan Deem on November 
8, 1997. Angel is in graduate school 
at VCU. The couple lives in 

Stephen Desrochers '97MFA/A 
has had his work selected for 
ArtSites 98 through the Corcoran 
Gallery in Washington. He will also 
show works in June at the McLean 
Project for the Arts: Emerson 
Gallery. He lives in Springfield, VA. 

Melissa Diamond Kozloff 
'90BS/H&S married Michael 
Kozloff May 3, 1997. Melissa is a 
senior claims supervisor for GEICO 
insurance in Fredericksburg, where 
she and Michael live. 

Hiep Don '95BS/H&S is a 
network engineer with Dewberry & 
Davis. He lives in Herndon, VA. 

•David Duncan '93BFA 
married Anne Powell on luly 21, 
1997. David is a portrait artist. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Kendall Edwards '97MT/E 
married Michael Ellington on 
December 20, 1997. Kendall works 
for Charles City County Public 
Schools. The couple lives in Prince 
George, VA. 

Pamela Elder '92BS/H&S 
married David Winters on 
September 6, 1997. Pamela is a 
respiratory therapist with Health 
Reliance of Hopewell. The couple 
lives in Chester, VA. 

Beverly Elrod'91BS/B is a 
desktop publisher for Wheat First 
Butcher and Singer. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Diana Eusse-Lewis '95BA/H&S 
is the program advisor for 
LASPAU. She lives in Boston. 

Chandler Fleming '96MSW is 
the director of Behavioral Health 
Services at ClarksviUe Memorial 
Hospital in Clarkesville, TN, where 
he lives. 

Richard Foster '94BS/MC, 
assistant editor at Richmond's Style 
Weekly, has published a book on 
Bettie Page, a pin-up queen of the 
'50s — who mysteriously disap- 
peared in 1957. In the early '80s, 
she came back as a cult figure, with 
no explanations. The Real Bettie 
Page ferrets out her plot and her 
stor)'. VCU's Conunonwealth Times 
calls it "a helluva read." 

Lisa Freedlander '95BS/MC 
is the marketing coordinator for 
the Goodwill Games. She lives in 
Atlanta, GA. 

*Kimberly Freiberger 
'97MS/H8cS is an investigative 



assislanl in the cnlorLfincnl 
division in llic Virginia Dcpartnicnl 
ot Prdfossionni and (kcLipaliona! 
Kcgiiialion. She hvcs in Richniond, 

(:harleneGamba'9IBFA is a 
senior designer with Universal 
Communications, Inc. in 
Washington, DC. She hves in 
Annapohs, MD. 

Robert Gevrekian III '908 FA is 
an actor. He has had roles in NYPI> 
Blue and the Bolii and BcauUlid. He 
lives in Studio (^ity, (^A. 

Diane Giles '95BS/MC is a 
caption editor with the National 
Captioning Institute. She lives in 
Stafford, VA. 

Michael Goheen '93BS/MC 
is a recruiter/researcher for First 
Union National Bank. He lives 
in Richmond. 

Alan Goldstein '95BS/E is 
in computer sales for Gateway 
Country stores. He lives in 

Nina Goodwyn '93BS/MC is a 
senior marketing assistant with the 
Virginia Economic Development 
Partnership. She lives in Matoaca, 

Patricia Grant '94BS 
'97MS/H&S presented a paper, 
"Evaluating the Southampton 
Intensive Treatment Center: Who 
are the Successful Probates in this 
Bootcamp?" at the Southern 
Criminal justice Association 
meeting, October 1997. Patricia 
is in the doctoral program for 
Public Policy Administration at 
VCU. She lives in Richmond. 

Tracey Greene '96BFA is a 
textile designer with Sunbury 
Textiles and lives in New York City. 

Juan Carlos Gutierrez 
'94BS/MC is an art director at 
Young & Rubicam Advertising in 
New York City, where he lives. 

Dawn Hamrick '90BS/B is a 
licensed hairst)'list with Godiva 
Salon. She lives in Richmond. 

Ronald Harris '92BS/B is an 
account representative with Boise 
Cascade Office Products. He lives in 
Glen Allen, VA. 

Katherine (Connelly) 
Heacock'92BS/H&S married 
Russell Heacock on June 28, 1997. 
Katherine is pursuing a Master's 
at VCU's MCV Campus. 

*WiUiam Hershman '92BS/MC 
is the assistant chief of the Burke 
Volunteer Fire and Rescue 
Department. He is also the exhibits 
manager for the International 
Association of Fire Chiefs. He lives 
in Burke, VA. 

Jonathan Hirsch '97MS/H&S 
married Melinda Long '93MS/B on 

luly 3, 1997. Jonathan is a student 
at Virginia-Maryland Regional 
(College of Veterinary Medicine in 
Blatksburg, VA, where they live. 
Melinda is a financial advisor for 
American lixpress in Radlord, VA. 

Robert Hodge '94BS/E married 
Maria llonkuson )une 14, 1997. He 
is a certified athletic trainer for 
Tuckahoe Physical Therapy. The 
couple lives in (Jicsterficld. 

Jennifer Holcomb '97BS/H&S 
married David Smith on August 9, 
1997. David is a student at VCU 
and works for the Department of 
Game and Inland Fisheries. Jennifer 
is a counselor at the Cumberland 
Hospital for Children and 
Adolescents. The couple lives in 
New Kent County, VA. 

Nancy Holmes '92MS/B is 
human re.sources manager for 
the Greater Richmond Chamber 
of Commerce. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

♦Jefferson Hudson '95BS/H&S 
married Amy Booterbaugh on 
May 24, 1997. The couple lives 
in Midlothian, VA. 

Kimberly Hurley-Costello 
'9IBS/H&S is a school counselor at 
Huntington Middle School m 
Newport News, where she lives. 

Robert Hutchinson '97BS/B 
married Tiffany Aim on November 
29, 1997. He works for Mentor 
Investment Group. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

John Hutton '92BS/B is a 
program manager with the Virginia 
Labor Studies Center at VCLl He 
lives in Chester, VA. 

Hendree Jones '97PhD/H&S, 
after a postdoctoral research fellow- 
ship at lohns Hopkins University, 
has a joint appointment to the 
fiiculty of lohns Hopkins Medical 
School in psychiatry and behavioral 
sciences and in ob-gyn. Through 
Hopkins' Center on Addiction and 
Pregnancy, she will be project 
director for two National Institutes 
of Health research grants to study 
new treatments for drug and 
alcohol abuse by pregnant women. 

At VCU, under Dr. Robert 
Balster, lones studied the adverse 
affects of maternal use of inhalants 
on newborns, working with the 
Center for Perinatal Addictions. At 
VCU, she held a training fellowship 
from the National Institute on 
Drug .Abuse. 

Da\id Kangas '95BS/H&S 
married Laura (Thurmond) 
Kangas '96BSW on October 11, 
1997. Da\id works for Lowe's 
Home Centers. Laura works for 

Unveiled. MC^V's Alumni House is complete with the addition of the adjacent 
Paul A. Gross Conference Center, dedicated during Reunion Weekend in 
April. Completely pleased are John Uoswell, president of the MCV Alumni 
Association: Gait and Paul Gross '64MHA; Harry Johnson Jr. '53MD, 
chair of the Alumni House Committee; and VCV President Eugene Trani. 

Oasis House. The couple lives in 

Vonda (Stokely) Kent 
'92BS/MC married Martin Kent on 
October 18, 1997. Vonda is the 
public support director for the 
Central Georgia Chapter of the 
American Red Cross. The couple 
lives in Macon, GA. 

■^Courtney Kirschbaum 
'91BS/MC '97C/B is a systems con- 
sultant for KPMG Peat Marwick in 
Washington, DC. She lives in 
Arlington, VA. 

Melissa (Diamond) Kozloff 
'90BS/MC married Michael Kozloff 
on May 3, 1997. Melissa was 
promoted to senior claims 
examiner with GEICO. The couple 
lives in Fredericksburg, \'.\. 

Dieter Krause '93BA/H&S is a 
marketing representative with 
Richmond Goodwill Industries. He 
lives in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Amanda Krell '95BA/H&S 
'96MEd is a guidance counselor for 
Middlesex Public Schools. She lives 
in Saluda, \'A. 

Donna Ladner '95BS/H&S is a 
softivare engineer \\nth Sonoma 
Technology, Inc. She lives in 
Boulder, CO. 

Karen Le\T '96BS/MC is a 
customer ser\ice representative at 
the L'niversit)' of Washington. She 
lives in Seattle. 

Felicia Lewis '96BS/B is a data 
communications technicians at 
Wheat First L'nion in Glen .\llen, 
\'A. She lives in Richmond. 

♦Christopher Loftin '97BS/E 
married Matilda Bradshaw 
'93MT/E on December 20, 1997, 
and the\' live in Richmond. 
Christopher works for Skate Nation 
Sports and the Richmond 
Renegades hockey team. Matilda 
teaches kindergarten and first grade 
in Richmond Public Schools. 

Jane (Meloy) Love '97MSW 
married Dustin Love on October 
25, 1997. Jane is a clinical social 
worker with MC\' Hospitals of 
VCU. The couple lives in 

Lisa Mabry '91 BSW is a resi- 
dential de\eloper for Chesterfield 
Count)'. She lives in Chester, \'A. 

Sarah Maillet '%MT/E married 
Michael Glowczynski on .April 19, 
1997. They live in \'emon Hill, VA. 

Melissa "Clai" Marchant 
'93BA/H&S is a marketing coordi- 
nator for Gresham, Smith and 
Partners. She lives in Richmond. 

Richard Matthews 
'95BGS/NTS completed the Savf's 
Basic Undenvater DemoUtiony 
SE.\L training at Naval Special 
Warfare Center. San Diego. C.\. 

Thomas McDaniel '%MS\V 
married Karin \S'ebb on Oaoixr 
II, 1997. He is a clinical social 
worker at Southern Virginia Mental 
Health Institute in Dan\-ille. \'.\. 
The couple lives in Chapel Hill, NC 

MeUssa McElhatton '93BFA 
covers the .American Market of 
Designers and New Y'ork fashion 
shows as Fashion Market editor for 
Mademoiselle magazine. She was 
featured in the Spring "98 Esprit 
catalog as one of eight ""trendset- 
ters" in fashion. 

Patrida McMuDan '90B.\,'H8£S 
is project manager for ERIIS 
Ln Hemdon, V.A.- She lives in 

Chariyne .\Ic\\TIIiams 
'91BS/MC is the editor otlnade 
Mcrrgage Tcdmolog}: She Uves in 
Silver Spring, MD. 

Melissa (Walton) Metzger 
'92BS/MC is a data securit\- officer 
with the Virajnia Department of 
Information Technology-. She lives 
in Mechanic5\ille. \".\. 




With the Stuart C.Siegel Center 
opening soon, alumni memberships 
in VCU's Recreational Sports will 
offer more than ever. Diversify your 
fitness and recreational goals in the 
7,000 square foot Fitness Center 
with selectorized machine weight- 
training equipment and free 
weights; treadmills, stair climber 
and computerized bicycles. 
The Siegel Center holds VCU's 
first enclosed studio for aerobics 
and martial arts. Play indoor 
soccer, floor hockey, volleyball 
or basketball in the multi-purpose 

The new building's Wellness 
Center targets not only physical 
well-being, but intellectual, spiritual 
and emotional development as well. 
Programs include individual and 
group dietary analysis, weight 
and stress management seminars, 
body composition analysis, blood 
pressure screenings, wellness 
days and fitness seminars. 

When the arena is open, there 
will be a concourse for walking 
and jogging and five multi-purpose 
courts for basketball, volleyball 
and badminton. Locker rooms and 
showers, equipment checkout, 
and a lounge round out facilities. 

Recreational Sports member- 
ship gives you access to the Siegel 
Center, Cary Street Recreation 
Complex, the MCV Campus 
Recreation and Aquatic Center 
and the Franklin Street Pool during 
recreation swim hours. VCU Alumni 
Association members can use the 
Outing Rental Center and Outdoor 
Adventure trips without buying a 
Recreational Sports membership. 
Family recreation hours are 
Sundays from 1 :00pm-4:00pm to 
all members. 

VCUAA members receive a 
discounted Recreational Sports 
rate. For more information, contact 
David Heflinatthe MCV Campus 
Recreation and Aquatic Center at 
(804) 828-6100. 

Kelli MiUer '91BS/MC is a TV 

and online producer for "Inside 
Science" TV News. She lives in 

J. Benton Moore III '92BS/B 
received his MBA and law degree 
magna cum laude from tfie 
University of San Diego. He is an 
attorney with Sulzner & Associates, 
specializing in entertainment, 
sports and business law. Benton 
lives in San Diego, CA. 

Amy Moorefield '96BA/A is 
financial manager and curator of 
collections at the Anderson Gallery. 
She lives in Richmond. 

'Robert Moss '95BS/B is 
the e.xecutive director of the 
Midlothian Family YMCA. He 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

James Mullin '93BM, a staff 
sergeant in the U.S. Army, was the 
featured artist at an oboe recital in 
the U.S. Military Academy Music 
Series. He lives in Cornwall, NY. 

Lisa Myers '92BFA is a 
graphic artist for CNN. She lives 
in Adanta, GA. 

Jill Nelson '95BFA is a designer 
at Klingman Williams in Charlotte, 
NC, where she lives. 

Hunter Nelson-Felty '96BFA 
works for Slifer Designs, recently 
named by Interior Design magazine 
among the top 100 U.S. design 
firms and number one in residential 

B. Scott Newman '91MEd is a 
guest services manager at the 
Garden Plaza Hotel. He lives in 
Murfreesboro, TN. 

Linda Nguyen '95BS/H&S is 
a software engineer with SETA 
Corporation. She lives in 
Herndon, VA. 

Scott NoUey •91BA/A is head 
of objects conservation at the 
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 
Scott received his Master's in Art 
Conservation from Buffalo State 
College in 1996. He lives in 

Biljana Obradovic '91MFA/ 
H&S is an assistant professor at 
Xavier University of Louisiana. 
Her first book of poems. Frozen 
Embraces, was published in October 
1997 by the Center of Emigrants of 
Serbia, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She is 
a member of the Serbian Writers' 
Association. Biljana lives in New 

Eric Olsen '95BS/B married 
Tracy Hernandez '93BFA on July 
26, 1997. Eric works for Scott 
and Stringfellow Financial 
Incorporated. Tracy works for 
Chasen's Business Interiors. They 
live in Richmond. 

Michael Osterbind '96BS/E is a 

program coordinator at the YMCA 
in Midlothian, VA, where he lives. 

*Jason Pensler '96BS/H&S is an 
instructional assistant at Oakridge 
Elementary School in Arlington, 
VA. He is pursuing a MEd at 
George Mason University. Jason is 
engaged to be married in August 
1999. He lives in Alexandria, VA. 

Richard Phelps '94BGS/NTS 
earned an MS in Organization 
Development from American 
University/NTL Institute of Applied 
Behavioral Science. 

'Christopher J. Phillips 
'91BS/B is a financial analyst with 
NASD Regulation, Inc. He lives in 
Olney, MD. 

William Poynter'94BS/B 
married Sarah Reynolds on October 
II, 1997. William is a business 
analyst with McKesson General 
Medical. The couple lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Lynette Purdy-Barker 
'95BS/H&S '97BS/AH is a nuclear 
medicine technologist at Mary 
Washington Hospital in Fredericks- 
burg, VA. She has one daughter, 
Katarina Celeste, born on Decem- 
ber 24, 1995. They live in Ruther 
Glen, VA. 

Michael Ramey '93BA/H&S 
earned a Master of Divinity from 
Southeastern Baptist Theological 
Seminary. He is the minister of 
music and youth at Matoaca Baptist 
Church in Matoaca, VA. 

Timothy Reading '97MS/E is 
the director of programs for the 
Virginia Home for Boys. He was 
elected president of the Virginia 
Association of Children's Homes. 
Tim lives in Richmond. 

Nancy Richardson '96BFA is an 
art teacher at Rappahannock Cen- 
tral and Wilton elementary schools. 
She lives in West Point, VA. 

Scott Roberts '97BFA married 
Kelly Moore on May 31, 1997. They 
live in Kitty Hawk, NC. 

Coleen (Butler) Rodriguez 
'93MS/B married Agustin 
Rodriguez on September 13, 1997. 
Coleen is a senior marketing 
manager for Ukrop's Super 
Markets. The couple lives in 

♦Michael RoUison '97BS/H&S 
is a residential counselor with the 
Richmond AIDS Ministry. He lives 
in Richmond. 

Larisa Sandford '97MA/A is an 
administrative assistant at Pamplin 
Park Civil War Site in Dinwiddle 
County. She lives in Richmond. 

Kenji Sax '92MS '95PhD/H&S 
is an assistant professor in the 

Department of Psychiatry at the 
University of Cincinnati. He lives 
in Cincinnati. 

Catherine Schroeder '95BFA, a 
project designer for Hummel 
Associates, focuses on healthcare 
design projects. Catherine lives in 

Gretchen Shuman '93BS/MC is 
the director of art and printing 
services at Mary Baldwin College. 
She lives in Staunton, VA. 

Elizabeth (Mallon) Singer 
■95BS/H&S •97MSW is the 
supervisor of the Restmere 
Center in Norfolk. She lives in 
Virginia Beach. 

Stefan Sittig •97MFA/A works 
part time at University Counseling 
Services at VCU and also teaches in 
the School of the Performing Arts 
in the Richmond Community 
(SPARC). He is a dance and fight 
choreographer and an actor in the 
Richmond area. He appeared in 
Gypsy at TheatreVirginia in fall, 

composer/sound designer at Elias 
Associates advertising agency. 
He has scored several campaigns, 
including Levi's for Women and 
the Oldsmobile Intrigue. Kerry has 
won two silver CLIO Awards for 
Best Original Music and one 
bronze CLIO for Arranged Music. 
His work is part of the Museum 
of Modern Arts (MOMA) perma- 
nent collection. He hves in New 
York City. 

Patricia Smith '93BS/MC is an 
art director at Richardson, Meyers 
& Donofrio, an advertising agency 
in Baltimore, MD. 

Michael Spear '92BGS and 
Sherry (Griffin) Spear '96BFA were 
married on September 6, 1997. 

Rebecca St. John '94BS/B is a 
commercial leasing and sales agent 
with Robinson Sigma Commercial 
Real Estate. She lives in Richmond. 

Joy Greene Stenner '95BA/ 
H&S is a legislative and public 
affairs assistant with the U.S. 
Trade and Development Agency. 
She is working on an Master's 
degree at George Washington 
University's Elliott School of 
International Affairs, with a 
concentration in development. 
She lives in Burke, VA. 

G.E. Robertson Stiles II 
'90BS/B is assistant vice president 
of Thomas Rutherford, Inc. Sharon 
(Melson) Stiles '92BS/H&S is 
director of membership and 
executive editor for the Science 
Museum of Virginia Foundation. 
They celebrated the birth of their 



son, George Il.R. Stiles III on 
December 9, 1997. The Stiles live 
ill Asliland, VA. 

Douglas Sutton '90BFA is a 
sales manager for (^hasen's Business 
Interiors Inc. He lives in Richmond. 

Tanya Taylor '95MT/E married 
MarkPesekon|iily5, 1997. The 
couple lives in Marietta, CiA. 

'Everett Taylor Iir93BS/H&S 
and his wife *Amy Taylor 
'93BS/H&S have moved back to the 
U.S. from Yokosuka, Japan. Everett 
is stationed at the Pentagon with 
the U.S. Navy. Amy is working 
at the Vision and Conceptual 
Development Center in Washing- 
ton, DC. The Taylors live in 
Alexandria, VA. 

Stephen Tierney '97MURP 
is a project planner for The Onyx 
Group in San Diego, CA, where 
he lives. 

Jennifer Townsend '94MT/E is 
a math teacher for Middlesex 
Public School System. Jennifer lives 
in Saluda, VA. 

Keely Turner '96MSW 
works for Rappahannock Area 
Community Services Board as 
program manager for Project LINK. 
She lives in Stafford, VA. 

Sandy (Thomasson) Umbach 
'94MEd is an employment coun- 
selor with Northwestern University. 
She lives in Morton Grove, IL 

program director for the Blue 
Devils Parents Association in 
Concord, CA, where he lives. 

Melissa Wahlquist '92BFA 
married Keith Bradshaw in 
summer, 1996. She teaches visual 
arts at Ashley River Creative Arts 
Elementary School in Charleston, 
SC, where she lives. 

Mary Nicholson Walton 
'95MS '97PhD/H&S is associate 
research director for Market 
Researcher and Analysts. She lives 
in New Kent, VA. 

Charles Ware '92MURP/H&S 
is the zoning administrator for the 
City of Petersburg. He is an avid 
Whitewater rafter and ser\'es on the 
Board of Directors of the lames 
River Association. He and his wife 
Rebecca St. Clair '89BS/P live in 
Richmond, with their son, John. 

Shelby White '97MEd is a 
Peace Corps volunteer in the 
Dominican Republic serving as a 
health educator. 

»Eric Williams '95BGS/NTS is 
acting coordinator of New Student 
Programs at VCU. He earned a 
MEd from Kent State Unix'ersit)' in 
May, 1997. Eric lives in Richmond. 

Kristi(Whilker) Wilson 

'96BA/ll&Sni.irricd Charles 
Wilson on September 20, 1997. The 
couple lives in Pembroke Pines, FL. 

Thomas Wolfe '96BS/M&S is a 
driver's education instructor and 
coach for Henrico County Schools. 
He lives in Richmond. 

Elizabeth Yevich '95BA/H&S 
is a secretary senior in VCU's 
Advancement Division. She is also 
a licensed private investigator — 
"which grew out of years of 
research and library work." Some 
domestic surveillance so far, but, 
she adds mysteriously, "You never 
know." A live-in landlady, she's 
renovating her house in 
Richmond's Fan. 

worker at Cassidy's Place in New 
York City, where she lives. 



Margaret Craig MSW. 

Corrine Hek MSW 

September 2, 1997. 
Barbara Kalif MSW 

May 19, 1995. 
Stanley Reitzes MSW on June 1, 

1997. He was 83. 
Eloise Roadcap MSW. 
William Terrell '56. 

Friends of VCU 

C.A.B. (Al) Foster on April 22, 1997. 
He was the manager of the 
Richmond branch of Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute from 1942- 
1970. From 1970-1977, he was 
coordinator of engineering cur- 
riculum and assistant to the dean 
arts and sciences at VCU. 

1 920s 

Cordelia Cox '22BSW 

March 5, 1997. 
Elizabeth Jordan Gray '27MSW 

on 6 April 1998 in Menio Park, 
California, at 91. She had had 
Alzheimer's for ten years. She 
received a scholarship to RPI for 
her graduate social work. A friend 
said later that she had the sense of 
humor and stamina to be among 
the ven' few women of that era 
seeking advanced degrees. 

Elizabeth worked for four 
years as a social worker in 
Richmond before marr^ang 
Commander A.H. Gray, USN. .As 
she raised five children, she wa.-, 
an active volunteer in the Red 
Cross, the schools and School 
Board, and Planned Parenthood, 
and interested in music and 
genealog)' as well. In the 1970s she 
won numerous medals and a 
Presidential Sports Award in the 
Masters Swimmins; Program. 

1 930s 

Martha Bell Conway '35/H&S 
November 9, 1 997, She was one 
of the first woman lawyers in 
Virginia, specializing in patent 
law as well as her general law 

Thelma Gunn'32/H&S February 2 1 , 

Rebekah Ue '36MSW 
March 7, 1998. 

Betty Roosevelt '31 MSW December 
22, 1997 in Richmond, 

1 940s 

Mary (Hayes) Dale '45/H&S 

April 17, 1997. 

February 3. 1998. 
William House '46 BS/H&S February 

13, 1998, in Chester, VA. 
Marie (Pietri) Kilpatrick'41BFA 

May 8, 1997. 
Virginia Robinson '43BS/H&S 

November 25, 1997, in 



Myrtle Adams '53BS/E 

August 3, 1997. 

Annette Askounis '57BFA Februar)' 
2, 1997. She sen-ed in 
elementary education for 28 
years. She was also a member of 
the Virginia Reading Association 
. and the Virginia Museum of Fine 

Thomas Barbour '50BS '69MS/E 
Februar)-24, 1998. He 
was a veteran of World War II, 
and worked in schools in 
Roanoke, Richmond, and 
Henrico Count\-. He was 71. 

Carolyn Belton '57BSW. 

Gordon Blanchard Jr. '51 MSW 
February 20, 1996. He was 
director of Social Ser\ices at 
Kecoughtan \'eterans Hospital in 
Hampton, \'A. 

Richard Bottenus '52/A 
December :;. 1997. 

Betty (Evans) Burke '55BFA 

December 28, 1997, in Virginia 

Pearl Can'er '53BS/E September 10, 
1997. She taught at Tuckahoe 
Elementan- School for 18 vears. 


Ma\' 9, 1996, in Delrav Beach, FL. 

Gerald Gholson '58BS/B September 
19, 1997, in Richmond. 

Charleen Gordon '56BS/B February. 


Franklin Hatch '50MME./A lune 5. 
1997. He was a Na\y Veteran of 
World War II, and continued in 
the Na\T Reser\es for 42 years. 
He taught music in the Henrico 
Counn- Schools for 30 vears. 

Mar)- Elizabeth Hauke "56B.VH&S 
Februan-;", 199S. 

Kenneth Henderson '56BM 

'58MFA/A October 25, 1997. He 

waiabar..' ' ' -Cheiter- 

fwHdOjf r 32 yean, 

Helen Hoffman >'ji4>« 
Milo Hwjts 59BFA February 16, 

1997. SiiUi v»-a» a weH-known 
interior designer fw over thirty 
year*. Architeaural LHgnt, 

The Washingum Post and the 

Woihingtonian magazine have 

featured hit work. 
William Honley'34BS/B 

July 2 1. 1997. 
Elaine Jenningt '55/ A. 
Richard McCaffrey '53BS/.MC 

Fcbruar.- 17, 1997. in DalUi, TX 
France* Meyer* '54MSW. 
Maryanne Morgan '53BS/E Januaiy 

12, 1997 in Summit, M, 
Blanche Morrii '57BS/E 

.March V). 1998. 
CharlesO'Brien'SlBS '69MS/B 

January 17, 1998. 
Alice Overton '52BS/MC. 
Jean Poudrier '50BFA 

lanuan- 1, 1998. 
Jack Scog^ns '58BS/B 

October 28, 1996. 
Chester Thompson '52B.ME 

.March 28, 199'. 
John Trevillian '55BS/H&S 

Ianuar\- 18, 1998. 
Blanche WUder '53BS/H&S 

Jacqueline Woodard .Marshall 

'52BS/H8cS September 28, 1997. 

in Winston Salem, NC. 
Moody Wooten Sr. '57BSW February 

26, 1998. He was a retired 

Methodist minister. 

1 960s 

RusseU Beall '67C A 

Ianuar^-:3. 199'. 
Frederick "Rick" Blackburn ID 

'69BS/E November ;:, 19%. 
Gloria Bruckner '68H8cS 

Mavl3. 1998. 
Dasid Casey '67BS/B November 

1995. Norto';k. VA 
Garland Chenault '67BS B 
Stuart Cochran, Ir. "61 BS B 

September 12. ^-^c. 
Jennings Cox ■69MSi RHi, AH June 

: 1 .^ 99". m Savannah. G.\. 
Eleanor Driver '60BFA 

lanuan- 18. 1998. 
Mary-Landon Early '65BF.\ 

lune. 199". 
Magin Esteve '68AS/En 

March 29. 1J"0. 
Barbara McConnell Williams Falk 

■66BS B April 20. 1990. 
John Ferguson '66BS/H&S March IS. 

1998. at 63. He w:as a financial 
planner and a mason. 

WUber Garrett Ir. '66BS/B on lune 
14. 1'^'^". He served with die FBI 
for 23 years, and then toined the 
\lrginia State Police. 

Zeddie Goodman '60BS/H8cS 
'71MEd September 8. 1*^". She 
>vas a teacher and reading super- 
visor in Chesterfield County for 
more than 18 veais. 


SUMMER ! 9 9 S 

Meredith Hunt '68BS/E February 28, 
1998. She taught drama and 
English in Chesterfield County 
for 27 years. 

Edward Hurley Jr. '64BS/B on 
October 7, 1996. 

Shirley Johnson '68BS '73MEd 
August 31, 1991. 

Penne Klipper '62BFA March 16, 

James Lawless '64BFA '66MFA/A 
Ianuarv3, 1998. 

Richard L. Matney '65BSW. 

Robert Mervis '67BS/MC April 11, 
1998, at 53. He was the president 
and publisher of Sunny Day 
Guide publications nationwide 
for 27 years, and the owner of 
Nick's Original House of Ribs in 
Ocean City, MD. 

Austin Parl(er '64MSW in October, 

Kenneth Parr '69BS/E. 

Geraldine Rayment '61]VISW 

February 18, 1995, in Chapel Hill, 

Jack Saunders '67BS/MC in April, 

Thomas "Michael" Scott '68BS/B 
Januar\'17, 1998, at 51. He was 
the owner of Commonwealth 
Equipment Corporation. 

Harold "Bud" Wescott '63/A April 
2, 1997, New York Cit}'. 

Aldine Rosendorf West '68BS/H&S 
'70MSW Februan' 6, 1998, at 53. 
She was a member of the 
Daughters of the American 
Revolution and the Powhatan 
Historical Society. 

1 970s 

RoyAmmons'71BS/EApril5, 1997, 

Richard Ashburn 76BS/H8cS. 
Durward Bagett Jr. '77MEd February 

IS, 1996. 
Joseph Baird Jr. '72BS/MC February 

26, 1998, in Pittsburgh, PA. 
George Beam '70AS/En. 
Michael Bradstock 75AS/B 

December 9, 1997, at 48. He was a 

computer analyst for Philip 

Morris for 29 years. 
Joe Campbell '70BS/B October 23, 

Lucille Brown Chasten 75MEd 

January 13, 1998. 
Edna Chatman '78MBA lanuary 9, 

Delores Cunningham 74MEd 

December 14, 1997. 
Frank Davis 70BFA 

March 15,1998. 
Mary Jane Delliagen 77BS/E. 
Leonard Deprisco 76BS/B April 26, 

John Donohue 79BS/B January 5, 

Dorothy Dungee 74MEd March 26, 

Barry Dunn 72AS/En Mav 9, 1997. 
Margaret Eisenberg 78BS/MC 

Februar)' 12, 1998. 

David Ewing 79BS/B September 20, 

Limon "Sam" Fortner Jr. 79C/B 

September 20, 1997. 

Joseph Garrison 73BS/B. 

Elizabeth Garthright 72BFA May 1, 

Berkeley Gray 70BS/H8cS April 
6,1997. He was one of the 
creators of the National Citizen's 
Crime Prevention Campaign, and 
its symbol, "McGruff the Crime 

Lucien Hall, Jr. '70/E. 

Mattie Lynch Harris 74BS/E 
October 28, 1998. She was a 
retired teacher inductee of the 
Educators Hall of Fame of 
Goochland County Public 

Joan Heath '75MEd. 

Rosemarye Hobson '72MSW. 

Timothy Hobson '74BS/E. 

Lynette (Cakes) Howard '73BS/E 
Januaiy 20, 1997. She was an 
active member of North Shelby 
Baptist Church, and worked for 
First Real Estate, in Pelham, AL. 

W. Randolph "Randy" Hubbard 

William Hyde 77C/B September 24, 
1997. He was president of the 
Naipes Experience, Inc. 


Pearl Reed Jackson '76MFAyA 
|anuar)'23, 1998. 

Gloria Jinadu 73MSW '89PhD/SW 
October 30, 1997, at 50. She was 
one of the first students to inte- 
grate Chandler Middle School in 
Richmond. She and her children 
founded The Wings of A Dove, 
an international publishing and 
distribution company of 
reHgious and children's books. 

Douglas Johnstone 72MSW 
February 16, 1998. 

Harry Jones 7 IBS/B 
April 5, 1997. 

Pearlie Clark Jones 73MSW. 

Miriam Justa 75BS/SW. Although 
Miriam died several years ago, the 
news has just reached us. 

Anne Laughon 71BFA September, 

Myrtle Lewis '77MEd December 4, 

Ronald Magistro 74MF.^/A July 6, 

Ida Mason 76MEd March 2, 1998. 

John Michaels '75BS/H8;S. 

Veriin Miller '75BFA. 

October 23, 1994. 

Herbert Monroe '76MEd 
March 1, 1998 

Theodore Morzark 77BS/B lune, 

Susan Myers '78MFA/A 

July 27, 1996, Elkin Park, PA. 

Linwood Oglesby 75BS/SW May 22, 
1997, in Lynchburg, VA. 

William Parker 72MEd December 7, 

William Phillips Iir79BS/B. 

Ruth Pridham '76BA/H8(S October 
5, 1997. 

Stephen Ray 72BFA October 21, 
1997. He was president of the 
Foundation for the Preservation 
and Conser\'ation of Colonial 

Clifford Rice Jr.75BS/B May 28, 

Barbara Ridout '70MEd November 
30, 1997. 

Edward Riordan 79MS/AH October 
22, 1996 in Chapel Hill, NC. He 
was president of Riordan Tax 
Service in Winchester, VA. 

Michael Smart '73BS/H8(S January 
16, 1997. 

Thomas Snider 70BA/H8tS March 1, 

Margaret Stedd Stanley '75BS/E 
Novembers, 1997. 

Betty Stephens 73AA/H8tS 

May 12, 1997. She worked for the 
Department of Corrections of the 
State of Virginia for 28 years. 

George Thomasson 7lAS/En. 

Ana Thompson 76MS/E December 

24, 1997. 
James Wade 7 IMEd 

November 11, 1997. 

Franklin Watson 77BS/H&S. 

Everett White '78BFA. 

Richard "Rick" Winters Jr. 

76BA/H8cS February 10, 1998 in 
Kettering, OH, at 49. He was the 
local host of National Public 
Radio's "Morning Edition" on 

Homer "Thomas" Wiseman 72BS/B 
December 20, 1995. 

Muriel Wood 79BGS/NTS March 

25, 1997. 

Florence Wool 76MS/ AH January 
12, 1994, in Boca Raton, FL. 

1 980s 

Mary Ballinger '89BS/E 

December 6, 1995. 
Joy Brown '86MEd 

November 28, 1995. 
Richard Burrell Jr. '81 BS/B 

December 7, 1997. 

February 13, 1998. 
Robert Darron'82BS/B. 
Belynda Durham '87BS/B '89MS/M- 

BH November 12, 1997. 
Ronald Des Roches '89MPA/H8tS 

October 23, 1997. 
John Eley'89BS/B May 12, 1996. 
Daniel Farrow '80BS/B 

januaiy 4, 1 995, Gassaway, WV. 
Carta Gilchrist '85S/H8tS September 

4, 1997. 
Judith Gordon '88MEd. 
Dawn Groseclose '88BFA 

May 14, 1997. 
Marilyn Hailey '87MEd April 13, 

1998. She was a retired Louisa 

Counh' school teacher. 
Clyde Harbison '82MURP/H8(S 

February 20, 1998. 
Alex Hawkins '83BS/B 

lune 11, 1995. 
Mary (Jollensten) Holloway 

'86MFA/A August 14,1997. 

J. Larry Jeffries '87BS '90MBA/B 

April 13, 1997. 
Joseph Lawson '84MBA September 

26, 1997 in Alexandria, VA. 
Luisa Maissonet-Cortijo '89PhD/SW 

November 11, 1996. 
Robert McDonald '86BS/H8tS 

Junes, 1997. 
Edna McHale '88BS/B. 
Kathryn Moorefield '86C/B. 
George Morrison '87BGS/NTS. 
Dennis O'Connell '83BS/MC Sep- 
tember 9, 1996, in Princeton, NJ. 
John Penn, Jr. '80BS/B 

Novembers, 1992. 
Richard Porter '85BFA 

October 3, 1995. 
Edward Proffitt Jr. '80BS/H&S. 
Sarah Prud'Homme '82MFA/A 

August 7, 1996, West Hartford, 

James Ramos Jr.'84BS/AH 

'87MS/H8cS luly 3, 1996. He was 

a captain in the U.S. Air Force, 

stationed at Brooks Air Force 

Base, San Antonio, TX. 
Cheryl Sherlock '82BSW 

June 6, 1997. 
Ernest Travis '8 IBS/E 

November, 1997. 
Darryl Washington '86BGS/NTS. 
Lossie Wynn '81MEd 

lanuary 14, 1998. 

1 990s 

Edwin Barden '90BS/E 

March 7, 1997. 
Nancy Barnes '96MEd December 30, 

Brian Basar '96BS/B 

May 9, 1996. 
Edwin Clement '91 BS/B. 
Cheryl Cunningham '91BFA 

December 23, 1997. 
Phillip Duvall '91BGS/NTS July 30, 

Jared Ferris '93BFA 

February 15, 1997. 
Stephanie Gilbert-Lewis '93BFA 

December 21, 1997. 
David Hoggood '90BS/B 

Mayl, 1997 
Daphne Hopper '9 IBM/A 

May 7, 1997. 
Dana Jones '90BS/B 

March 6, 1994. 
Carolyn Leatherman '92PhD/E 

December 29, 1997. She had 

worked in Hopewell Public 

Schools since 1971. 
Dawn Lynn '95BGS/NTS January 7, 

Kevin NunnaUy '93BS/H8iS April 2, 

Charlotte Penn-Carter '96BS/MC 

May 11, 1997. She was 

a specialist in the Army Reserves. 

July, 1997. 
Emily Thornton Smith '96MT/E 

February I, 1998. 
Angela Strickland '93MT/E 

luly, 1997. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni arc identified by year 

A Arts 
AH Allied Health I'riifessions 

(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 
B Business 
D Dentistry 
E Education 
En Engineering 
H&S Humanities and Sciences 
M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 
MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
NTS Nontraditional Studies/ 

University Outreach 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 


AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA.MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 

BSW.MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 

BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

MAE Masterof Art Education 
MBA Master of Business 

MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA.DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

MX Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes a BA or BS/H&S 

and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master ofUrban and Regional 

PhD Doctor of Philosophv 

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